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side-drum (snare-drum). Small cylindrical drum with parchment at each end, one having str. (snares) across it to add a rattling effect and thus increase brilliance of tone, other end being left for use of 2 drumsticks. Famous passage for side-drum occurs in 1st movt. of Nielsen's 5th sym., where player is instructed to improvise in order to drown the sound of the rest of the orch.