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Posted by Richard Ruquist on October 31, 2002 16:59:56 UTC

But I noticed that you did not deny that Plato perscribed what music was OK and what was vulgar. I have seen other references to the fact that drumming was banished in the Greco-Roman empire except for the vulgar cults.

I know for a fact that the first use of drums as a military instrument in Europe was by the Swiss in the Battle of Sempach in 1394. They invented the snare drum after seeing the Turks control infantry movement using kettle drums. The snare drum came from the tabor, a snared drum used by court jesters which they played while playing a fife or whistle and dancing. It was the mercenaries of Basel that invented that drum and yet today there are more snare drummers in Basel than the rest of the world put together. They have preserved their history very accurately.

But this subject is of interest to me and I will research it some more.



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