The past and future of the Tarogato

The project brings the limelight to the Hungarian instrument, Tarogato and its modern version, glissonic tarogato (glissotar). The conversation of these instruments, and the excellence of their players, proves that the traditions are not fading memories, the objects of the past but can be the values of our days and messenger of the future if they are bravely recreated and rethought.

Dániel Váczi has been working since 2016 with Tóbiás Terebessy on the development of woodwind instruments making continuous pitch (glissando). The first model is the glissotar that is a hybrid tarogato-soprano saxophone. József Tóth, one of the most important tarogato builder, gave assistance to the development.  

In the framework of the project, composers are called to write short pieces for the new instrument. The selected pieces will be premiered at a concert in Spring 2021 in the Hold Street Church in Budapest. In this concert, glissotar will be presented in conversation with a traditional tarogato and other instruments, with a program containing written pieces and improvisation. The concert will be complemented by a public lecture for children and youth and the premiere of a short film on the glissotar.

The project is supported by the Hungarikum Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture.