Percussion in Beijing Opera: Examples

This page provides some audio examples for the different percussion instruments used in Beijing Opera. (All the audio examples are uploaded on Freesound). A whole collection of percussion instrument samples is available here:

The four main percussion instrument classes used in Beijing Opera are:

Percussion pattern

The percussion pattern below contains all the instruments listed above







Bangu or the clapper-drum is the main percussion instrument in Beijing Opera.


Naobo is a collective name to two different sets of cymbals of different sizes







Daluo is a gong instrument. 







Xiaoluo is a gong instrument.