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Commentary

The tárogató is a national instrument of Hungary, originating from the shawm. The tárogató was brought to Covent Garden, London by Hans Richter at the turn of the 20th century. Richter used the tárogató for the part of the Shepherd's pipe in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde. At Richter's suggestion, the tárogató was also used as a substitute for the shofar in performances of Elgar's Apostles by the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester. This particular tárogató was played by Leonard Brough on many such occasions.

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Tárogató, made of ebonised wood Brya ebenus (cocuswood). Nickel silver plated ferrules, springs and keywork with ebonite rollers on little finger keys. Twelve-keys with leather pads. Tenons are lapped with string. The mouthpiece is missing. The maker's plaque bears the inscription: 'TAROGATO BAYREUTHBAN TORTENT BEMUTATASANAK EMLEKUL 1904 AUG. 5EN SCHUNDA V.J. BUDAPEST'.

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tarogato
2004.1069
Musical Instruments

6 items (description level: top)

422.212
Broad category
Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
classified as:  tarogatos
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  tarogato
classified as:  422.212 Individual reedpipes with single reeds with conical bore
classified as:  422.212 Individual reedpipes with single reeds with conical bore

Maker
Schunda, Josef
Additional maker information
maker:   Schunda, Josef
Place
Budapest, Hungary; Europe
Additional place information
made:  Budapest 
Date made
circa 1904
Additional date information
date made:  circa 1904 

Materials & techniques
Brya ebenus (cocuswood); copper alloy; German silver; plating; leather; cork; ebonite
Additional material & technique information
material: granadilla (overall)
material: copper alloy (ferrules, keywork, springs, plaque)
material: German silver (ferrules, keywork, springs, plaque)
material: plating (ferrules, keywork, springs, plaque)
material: leather (pads)
material: cork (bumper corks)
material: ebonite (rollers)
material: Brya ebenus (cocuswood) (overall)
Measurements
overall: 660 x 75 x 75 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 660 x 75 x 75 mm

Acquisition supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
Boosey & Hawkes Collection


Related objects
Notes on the Tarogato by Eric McGavin (ARC/MCG/MS/0001-0047/0042)
Related subjects
related subject: Orchestras
related subject: Folk Music
related subject: Covent Garden
theme: Leisure
place: City of Westminster
classified as: 422.212 Individual reedpipes with single reeds with conical bore
material: copper alloy
unclassified: copper alloy
material: cork
material: ebonite
unclassified: ebonite
material: German silver
granadilla
material: leather
unclassified: leather
material: plating
classified as: tarogatos
object name (Horniman Ethno.): tarogatos

Record created 2003-12-17 by JCORT
Record last updated 2016-10-05 by XGVIEWS

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