Boehm System Tarogato
For information about the history of the tarogato, and its development from a double-reed shawm to the modern single-reed instrument, undertake a search of the web taking care to spell the word correctly. For the maker, József Tóth, from whom I bought mine - and whom I would highly recommend - see www.tarogato.net.
József offers several options, and I went for the following
(made to order):
- Boehm-system fingering, as befits a sax or clarinet player (German clarinettists may have a different view);
- open, not covered*, tone holes, making the instrument appear more like a clarinet and less like a soprano sax;
- certain other keywork options (single register key; G# closure link)
- cocobola wood: a very attractive choice
* for small hands I suspect that the covered option may be better as the hole spacing is quite wide.
My instrument is a joy to play. Though I mainly play it at home for my own pleasure, I have written a suite of 5 minutes duration with piano accompaniment which I have performed in a concert: anyone may download it (below). The piece is suitable also for soprano sax or clarinet, and the transposed version for oboe.
|Boehm system tarogato||Tarogato
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A Suite for Tarogato or other instrument
"Conceits for Tarogato" by John
A suite of 6 short pieces for solo instrument and accompaniment - free to download, copy and perform.
|For solo Bb instrument with piano accompaniment||Key F (solo instrument in written G); intended
for Tarogato but suitable also for Soprano Saxophone or Clarinet.
8 pages including front cover with no awkward page turns.
|MP3||Performance by John Kilpatrick accompanied by Maki Sekiya (John's contribution is a little flawed!).|
|For solo Bb instrument with clarinet trio (2 x Bb + Bass)||
|Key F, as above; not compatible in all places with the piano version, but the same solo part. Score 8 pages including cover. Parts 2 pages each, best printed as 2-across to avoid page turn issues.|
|For C instrument with piano accompaniment||Key G, i.e. with the piano part transposed up a
tone; intended for Oboe (goes down to low B, so too low for Flute).
8 pages, as with F version.