The Xylophone has a distinctive bony sound idolised by
Saint-Saens 'Danse Macabre'. The bars are made of rosewood and its origins date back
to early man who would lay wooden bars across his legs and strike them. Modern
instruments have a resonator (a short hollow tube) below each bar to amplify the sound and
have a range of approximately four octaves. Relatives of the Xylophone include the
metal Glockenspiel and the Vibraphone.