Triangle (musical instrument)
Single note, open and closedhigh
The triangle is an
Triangle has a prestigious history. The triangle in its ancient form had rings strung to the lower bar. Yet the first mention we find of a triangle in tenth-century manuscript, is of an instrument without rings. A triangle without rings is depicted in the King Wenceslaus IV Bible (late fourteenth century) and again on a mid-fifteenth-century window in the Beauchamp Chapel, St Mary's, Warwick. This latter triangle with its open corner has a curiously modern appearance, except that at the top angle the steel bar is twisted into a loop through which the thumb of the performer (an angel) passes. Like its ancestor the
With the development of the genre—opera, the instrument triangle has been widely used in opera works. In many of the operas by Mozart, Beethoven's 9th symphony and Liszt's bE major piano concerto, triangle has been used.
Triangle is considered as a tool to polish the melody with powerful but clear sound. Especially in contemporary work, triangle's beauty has been further discovered and, as a percussion instrument, it has been more widely used from chamber music level to orchestral level.