- Jeremy Montagu
Term for the bass drum, used in England throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries. It was so called because the length was appreciably greater than the diameter. It was carried horizontally across the chest and was normally played with a beater on one head for the strong beats and a light stick or switch on the other for the off-beats, the music often being notated with stems up or down to indicate this. It derived from the Turkish davul and was introduced as part of the ‘alla Turka’, or janissary music....