Name: Steel Pan (Cello)
Geographic Region: Caribbean
Country of origin: Trinidad and Tobago
Climatic type: Tropical
Time period: 20th century - present.
SvH No.: 111.2
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The cello pans consist of either three or four drums with a "skirt" or side length of approx 45 cm (Blake, 114). The lowest notes found along the circumference of the bowl are U-shaped, while the higher octave notes are either oval or circular-shaped inside. The cello pans must be suspended on stands or a rack to allow the drums to resonate and are played with thick rubber mallets. The Wesleyan Collection currently owns the "triple cello" instruments.
The triple cello notes have an average of 24 chromatic notes falling between B2 and D5 (Blake, 114). The "four cello" has a range between G2 to C#5.
The cello instruments are utilized mostly as a "strumming" instrument for the lower portions of harmony, as well as countermelody.
See Steel Band.
Last Modified: 05-May-2005TOP