- Mireille Helffer
Tibetan cymbals. The term comes from sil or gsil (‘to ring’) and snyan (‘harmonious’), and designates a pair of large cymbals (30 cm or more in diameter) with a small central boss, resembling those in Western orchestras. They are held vertically and struck against each other with horizontal movements called metaphorically ‘the eagle’s flight’, ‘the blooming of the lotus’, etc. The sound is more crystalline than that of the ...