the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

Other percussion instruments with pipe

pipe and string drum
( tambourin à cordes / tambourin de bearn / chun-chun / tom tom)

stone carvingstone carving

Laruns, France


how to make
(in Spanish)


1410 Czech1410 Central Bohemia, Czech Republic SpainSpain stone carving angel playing string drumangels playing string drum and viol angel playing string drum

1466-87 Spain

1489 Rome, Italy; fresco by Filippino Lippi

1515 Lisbon, Portugal Portugal in bandc. 1515 Lisbon, Portugal: Assumption of the Virgin, painting, altarpiece in Convento da Madre de Deus

,The instrument was well known in Béarn in the 16th century. In 1527 King Henri II d'Albret condemned by letters patent the "tambourines" which disturb the tranquility of religious buildings.

British Library 15341534 Italy before restoration

1534 Italy
after restoration

15341534 Saranno, Lombardy
16th century16th century "it appears in paintings from the 15th and 16th centuries in Spain, France and Italy... knowing how normal the exchange of musicians and instrumentalists in many European courts was at that time."
16th century Italy16th century Ferrara, Italy
1560 Italy1560 Firenze, Italy (detail) 16th century Italy, Siena16th century Siena, Italy (detail)
1625-1630 Rome, Italy 1625-30 Italy 17th century Spain 16871687 Spain

1730 France 18th c toile fabric, France 1754 France1754 Tambourin de Béarn, France
1765 drawing1765 drawing, France

"The tune he played to us..., has a pastoral character and mountain dweller. The inhabitants of these countries are so attached to this instrument that before the revolution of 1790, the Cantabrian regiment which recruited in the mountains of Béarn, only marched to the sound of those flageolets and those tambourines."


1791 drawing



1828 drawing1828 French Basque
French BasquesFrench Basque
1846 France Luchon, France19th century Luchon, France
1860's 1890 France, illustration Victorian19th century Basque
20thc folk dance musicians, France Basque string drum1900 France
postcard - Hubert Boone
20th century France20th century France
19231923 Basque 19301930 Poster advertising the train, France    
SpainChiflo Aragon, Spain 1952 Aragon, Spain 1 1952 Spain 2
old string drum photograph


Victorian France
female[source] more French string drums here and here  


20th century painting20th century painting, Basque country parade20th century  
19341934 Advertising Poster 1941 Ramiro Arrue stage curtain design [detail] 19471947 postcard,
French painter [detail]
20th century painter
painting20th century, Basque, painting [detail]
20th playing for dancing20th century, Basque, playing for dancing
2007 2007 Monein, SW France procession procession, Aragon, NE Spain

video, France

22- 06 - 2008 3 061 by THIBNINA


players2012 France

players 2012 France string drum with pipe and tabor21st century Basque country
string drum with pipe and tabor
2013 Catalonia, Spain2013 Catalonia, Spain
string drum2014 string drum Catalonia, Spain 21st century procession21st century Pau, France 20152015 Toulouse, France
2016 Gascony2016 flabuta and tom tom, Gascony, France
Par Unuaiga — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 4.0

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