Skor yike

The skor yike (Khmer: ស្គរយីកេ) is a family of Cambodian frame drums used in Yike theater.[1][2] There are as many as 13 different sizes, including the largest, the skor mei (approximately 2 feet across, 25 centimeters/9 inches deep).[1] In the Yike drama, the skor mei starts and ends the music.[1]

In a Yike play, there may be from 2 to 13 drums.[2] The largest skor mei drum begins, all perform, and then the instruments fall away until only the skor mei is still playing.[2]

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  1. Vanna, Ly (September 2002). "Cambodian Percussion". Retrieved 10 October 2018. There are 13 different skor yikei, from large to small. The biggest one is called skor mei- this is always the first drum to start. The theatre leader always beats skor mei (meaning "leading drum") to order, or to stop the activity of the performers.
  2. Khean, Yun; Dorivan, Keo; Lina, Y; Lenna, Mao. Traditional Musical Instruments of Cambodia (PDF). Kingdom of Cambodia: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. pp. 246–247.

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