The Steel Drum Essay by Neatwriter

The Steel Drum
An examination of the musical instrument known as the steel drum.
# 61941 | 1,547 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Nov 01, 2005 in Music Studies (World Music)

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The steel drum, or steel pan, is a unique instrument commonly heard in Caribbean music today, and is one of the most recently "invented" instruments in the world, when taken in its current form. However, the roots of the instrument date as far back as the 18th century. This paper examines the roots of the steel drum, as well as the evolution of the instrument its self. Additionally, this paper examines the steel drum's impact on the Trinidad society.

From the Paper:

"The steel drum claims origin on the island of Trinidad, located in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Venezuela. This island and the smaller island of Tobago, located 19 miles northeast of Trinidad, make up the single nation state of Trinidad and Tobago. To understand the evolution of the steel drum in this area, it is important to evaluate the political history of the islands, since it was that very political situation which helped the area to develop the instrument (Goddard, 1991). "

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