Tammorra (The drum)
by Vincenzo Schisano
(Translated by Marianna Mastro)
Fig. 1 The Tammorra
(move the the mouse pointer on the picture to visualize the back side)
The “Tammorra”, the prince instrument of the folklore of the Campania is made of:
Sometimes, next to the saucers, are inserted some small bells (“e cicere”, the chick-peas) in order to obtain various sounds.
As for the tambourine (‘o tammurriello), in the Tammorra there are various ways to produce the sound:
The “Tammorra” is a sublime instrument, from which the real virtuoso players produce a variety of sounds very charming capable to create the most incredible and impressive atmospheres, capturing even the soul of who profess themselves insensible to the music.
The evocative ability of the above mentioned “virtuosi”, hypnotizes the listener and leads his mind in an imaginary world, where he wonders among the most pleasant and fantastic open-eyed dreams.
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