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Tarogato

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Tarogato

The Tarogato refers to two different woodwind instruments, both of them Hungarian. Up to about the 18th Century, the tarogato was a type of shawm, with a double reed. This instrument died out and was not made after the 19th Century.

In 1890, a new instrument was invented, which is also called the tarogato. It is uses a single reed, like in a clarinet or saxophone. It is made out of wood and has a conical bore, similar to a saxophone. The instrument is made of black grenadilla wood like a clarinet or lesser woods (in Hungary and Romania) and has a mournful sound similar to a cross between an english horn and a soprano saxophone.

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