Cymbals - Sound characteristics
Bright, metallic, glistening, piercing, harsh, lustrous, soughing, undulating, sizzling, brilliant, hissing.
The cymbals have no difficulty rising above the sound of an entire orchestra. It is for this reason that they are used mostly for musical climaxes. In marching music, or in imitated marching music in the orchestra, smaller cymbals are occasionally used to avoid drowning the rest of the instruments.