18. October 2013 - Article: Cupola- A short history of a new instrument

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A new term arises : Cupola

“While handpan might be an adequate name in the Anglophonic world, it doesn’t translate well to other languages. Unsatisfied with the existing names, I have begun to call the instrument a cupola. The word originates from the Greek word for a cup(kupellon). I find it poetic that the Latin word for cymbal and bell, cymbalum, is also derived from another Greek word meaning either a cup or a bowl (kumbalon). Hence, I see a good reason for calling the instrument a cupola, which refers not only to its shape, material, and percussive nature, but also its European origins.”
Source: Lauri Wuolio