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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'.


Musical Instruments

3 items (description level: top)

Broad category
Musical Instruments, Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  tarogato
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  tarogato
catalogue title:  422.212
classified as:  422.212

Additional maker information
maker:  Schunda, Josef
Budapest, Hungary; Europe
Additional place information
made:  Budapest 
Date made
circa 1904
Additional date information
date made:  circa 1904 
date made:  1850-1875 
date made:  third quarter of the 19th century 

Materials & techniques
Brya ebenus (cocuswood); copper alloy; German silver; plating; leather; cork; ebonite
Additional material & technique information
material: cork (bumper corks)
material: copper alloy (ferrules, keywork, springs, plaque)
material: plating (ferrules, keywork, springs, plaque)
material: German silver (ferrules, keywork, springs, plaque)
material: leather (pads)
material: ebonite (rollers)
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 (object-212325)
Related subjects
association: Covent Garden
related subject: Orchestras
association: Folk Music
related subject: Leisure
association: City of Westminster
classified as: tarogatos
object name (Horniman Ethno.): tarogatos
material: cork
material: string
material: leather
material: copper alloy
material: German silver
technique: plating
classified as: 422.212 Individual reedpipes with single reeds with conical bore
classified as: 422.212 Individual reedpipes with single reeds with conical bore

Record created 2003-12-17 by JCORT
Record last updated 2017-10-23 by XGVIEWS

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