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[History of Spanish musical instruments] Castanets: Folk musical instruments

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Castanets are a famous percussion instrument used during Spanish dance performances. It is also popular in many countries in Italy and Latin America. The etymology of castanets comes from the Spanish word “castaña” for “chestnut”. The origin of castanets is said to be the Phoenician era, and it is an instrument that has existed since BC. It is a standard musical instrument used for Spanish dance flamenco.

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This instrument was born in Spain.

History of castanets

The origin of castanets is a percussion instrument dating back to the Phoenician era. At that time, it was larger than the size of today’s castanets, and is said to have evolved from the old Crotaro, which was made of metal, baked clay, or wood and was closed with strings or tape. Spain has developed the use of this instrument, becoming a property of Spanish culture. It is an indispensable instrument for Spanish folk music and is used for Spanish dance flamenco. It is actually a difficult instrument to play by moving your fingers finely. Since the beginning of the 17th century, castanets have been used for ballet performances and have been accompanied by orchestra performances. Modern orchestras use special castanets to help extract characteristic sounds without human intervention.

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Features of castanets

Castanets are a body-sounding instrument in which a pair of pieces of chestnut wood shaped like a shell with a diameter of 7 to 8 cm are struck together. Castanets are played by moving your fingers finely. It is used for Spanish dance flamenco. There are also types used for education and children, and there are various types in modern times. Like small percussion instruments such as tambourines and triangles, castanets are widely used as educational instruments, so they are familiar to children. The general way to hit the castanets is to place or fix the castanets on the palm of your hand and then hit them with your other hand. On the other hand, when playing flamenco castanets, it is common to fix the castanets strings to the left and right thumbs and meet with the other four fingers, but it is common to express fine nuances such as tone and volume. It’s very difficult. It is often used in orchestras and brass bands, and recently there are various types of castanets, such as those with a “handle”, those fixed to a table, and those that can be attached to a stand to make it easier to hit.

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Castanets are musical instruments mainly used for Spanish folk music and orchestras.

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