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Pishchik [dudochka]locked

  • Inna D. Nazina


Folk idioglot clarinet of Belarus, the most ancient type of zhaleyka. It is made from ripe rye stalk, cut before harvesting begins. The stalk is 19 to 21 cm long, with the proximal end stopped by a natural node. The reed is cut to the correct length on the side below the proximal end. The stalk has up to eight fingerholes, giving a range of up to a 9th. The sound is intense, deep, and shrill, with a nasal undertone. The pishchik is used by herdsmen for improvisation or to play seasonal ritual tunes and family song melodies. Young teenagers make pishchiks without fingerholes and play together two or three of different length and uncoordinated tuning, to produce vibrating and colourful tone-clusters....

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