Tarogato

Tarogato

A single reed, conically bored instrument with a haunting, vibrant sound and a wide dynamic range. Used in Gipsy bands in Hungary and Romania, it is pitched in Bflat, like a wooden soprano saxophone but with different fingerings and a range from written Bflat (concert Aflat) below middle C to written C (Bflat concert) two octaves above middle C. Used to telling effect in very different contexts on ‘Jakob the Liar’ and ‘Beloved’, Nicholas’ instrument is by Stowasser of Budapest, generally acknowledged to have been the best maker and dates from about 1920.




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