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This kind of musical instrument has its origin from Spain. Peppy the clicking of castanets dancing the Spanish Bolero, seedily, Hoth. Castanets are percussion instruments of the Symphony orchestra.


Use them quite often, usually in a dance episodes: Spanish Overture Glinka "Aragonese jota" and "Night in Madrid, in the Spanish dance from the ballet by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov. In Bizet's Opera "Carmen" in the second act the heroine dancing to the castanets, which she plays an intricate rhythm.

M.Glinka. The Aragonese jota
Performed by the State academic Symphony orchestra
Conductor E. Svetlanov

Real Spanish castanets are made of solid wood - ebony, boxwood, coconut palm. They resemble the shape of the shell and connected in pairs by a strap which is tightened around the big toe. Playing technique on castanets quite complex. Spanish dancers studied her since childhood. The orchestra is a simplified rundown of the kind of Castanet: two pairs of wooden shells mounted on the ends of the arm.

Orchestral castanets
Orchestral castanets with handle

Music dictionary in stories
Printed materials of the eponymous book by L. Mikheeva (Moscow, "Soviet composer", 1984)

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