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date: 14 November 2019

Lozhky (Russ.: ‘spoons’)locked

  • H.G. Farmer

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(Russ.: ‘spoons’)

A Russian concussion idiophone. It was reportedly adopted by the Russians from the Turks when janissary music became fashionable in the early 18th century. The Turks called it kaşiklar (‘spoons’), and when the Russians borrowed the device they merely translated its name. It consists of a circular hollow case of brass to which are affixed, at an angle of 60°, two brass tubes adorned with jingles. These tubes are joined at the extremity of the angle by a solid brass arm, by which the instrument is held. The overall shape is that of a lyre. It was used in pairs and played by clashing the two hollow cases together. The lozhky were much favoured by the Russian cavalry and often used to accompany the soldiers’ songs. They became a special feature particularly in the bands of the Uhlans, which usually comprised a clarinet, oboe, tambourine, Turkish crescent, a pair of cymbals, and the ...

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