Castanets made by José Torregrosa Moltó,
following his own method.
Specials thanks to Elena, my daughter, she helped me to translate this post.

  In Spain we are very familiar with castanets, they are part of our idiosyncrasies, but perhaps in other countries they seems an unusual and primitive instrument.  Instrument is, and primitive almost, some historians attribute its origins to the Phoenicians.

  Although that daily they used as accompaniment to folk dances, can also be soloist instrument with symphonic compositions, but this is another story. There are a very few people in the world trained for play it. To learn how to play them well you have to go to a Conservatory.
  If you like this type of music, you can see the video below. Part of the charity concert: "Voices for peace 2007". With the collection, it was acquired a mobile health unit to Huancavelica (Peru).

Note: If you can’t see it, you must change server.

Intermediate - The wedding of Luis Alonso
Music composer:Jerónimo Giménez
Orchestra: (solidarity musicians)
Conductor: Enrique García Asensio
Castanets: Lucero Tena

  There is another kind of castanets, which  the percussionists use of some symphony orchestras, to accentuate the spaniard nature of some compositions.
Castanets for Orchestra


  Once submitted this nice tool, let's see if we are able to make it.

  For this we count with a manual, a jewel that  José Torregrosa wrote and drew for ... somebody.

  When I returned from my vacation in early September, a marriage of co-workers, told me that the father of him, who was also our co-worker to, was enthusiast of the carving, having write and draw a manual to describe how make a castanets at detail.

Naturally I was very interested this theme, so much that they gave me the manuscript and some  castanets, encouraging me to publish this post.

   José Torregrosa Moltó was born on December 9, 1924 in San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante), where he died on June 28, 1998. He was passionate about wood and he was practice this hobby in his free time. What he liked the most was the carving. Here you can see some of his works:

  What he loved the most  was make castanets, whose construction manual I show you below.
  The parts of castanets are:

  José Torregrosa called that parts as different way, as he wrote it:  "my way" (Notebook - Annex 1). 

Well, there goes that!:



Get to work!

You will be able to make a nice gift!

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Comment by Ramón Vidal Moltó on October 21, 2011 at 4:08am

Thanks Mark for your congratulations!!

    I'm sure your comment glad Jose's family.

        Have a great day



Comment by Mark Dorman on October 21, 2011 at 3:22am

Very good Ramon. I appreciate the history lesson and the video, also you are a good man for sharing Jose Torregros's knowledge and helping it to live on.

Thank You



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Comment by Ramón Vidal Moltó on October 21, 2011 at 1:03am

Dear John, THANK YOU!

 It was a great surprise to me to know that the castanets are also part of your wife’s  culture . I’m very glad!

Your comment was very important for me, because when I decided publish a blog, I hoped share knowledge, and I've just achieve it.

José Torregrosa could not do it, because he hadn't the today technology, the chance led his notebook into my hands.  His family will glad, because they father’s  job had come so far.

I also appreciate your coments, publish in “The Patriot Woodworker”, where there are very experienced woodworkers, it’s very difficult for me, but I thought this story was interesting.

Thank you very much my friend, you encourage me to continue!

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Comment by John Morris on October 20, 2011 at 6:57pm

Ramon, that was awesome my friend! Thank you so much for presenting your blog here on The Patriot Woodworker, and your translation was very good. The links and the video are great. I love the music buddy, just outstanding. These castanets are very familiar to me, my wife from Panama has them in her culture as well. The female dancers in Panama use them, when they dress in their beautiful dress called La Pollera's. The dancing is beautiful, and so is the handling of their Castaneta's. Thanks again for posting this Ramon, great job my friend!


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