From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Hornbostel–Sachs classification 232.311
Related instruments

The taraban (Ukrainian: тарабан) is a Ukrainian percussive folk instrument. The etymology of the term comes from a word meaning to make a lot of noise. The taraban consists of a wooden ring with a diameter of up to 50cm (20in) which has a skin (often made of dog or cat hide) tightened over both sides. The taraban is struck with the hand or a stick. The first mentions of the taraban date back to the 11th century. It was also a popular instrument among the Ukrainian Cossacks.

In comparison to the bubon, the taraban usually has two sides with a stretched skin and no cymbals.

Related instruments[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Humeniuk, A. Ukrainski narodni muzychni instrumenty, Kiev: Naukova dumka, 1967 (in Ukrainian)
  • Mizynec, V. Ukrainian Folk Instruments, Melbourne: Bayda books, 1984 (in Ukrainian)
  • Cherkasky, L. Ukrainski narodni muzychni instrumenty, Tekhnika, Kiev, Ukraine, 2003 - 262 pages. ISBN 966-575-111-5 (in Ukrainian)