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R: Re: Celtic, semitic, etc.(pipes dept.)

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Thursday, May 4, 2000, 5:30
>Ray wrote: > >> I know pipes are used in Brittany, Ireland & Scotland; but they are also >> traditional to parts of England, e.g. Northumbria, and to many parts of >the >> European continent. >
Evidently. There is an Czech opera, still popular in Europe I think, called "Schwanda the Bagpiper"-- here in the US one occasionally hears its rather ponderous "Polka and fugue". In Czech, Schwanda(?) Dudak; German title Schwanda der Dudelsackpfeiffer-- which has to be one of the funniest words in just about any language. I've heard recordings of an Armenian instrument also called dudak, but it's a double reed. Of some interest: there's a Thai (uplands) and/or Laotian thingy called Kaeng, which I heard demonstrated years ago-- a lot of bamboo tubes stuck into (IIRC) a gourd; each tube had a little reed. Can't remember the air mechanism. Sounded like a parlor organ gone mad. It was claimed that the kaeng was the inspiration for western "free-reed" instruments like the harmonica, accordion, parlor organ-- and the bagpipe. Somehow, I think not.