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date: 16 November 2019

Boembas [blaze-vere, Vlaamse bas]locked

  • Ferdinand J. de Hen

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[blaze-vere, Vlaamse bas]

Flemish bowed monochord. There are three types: 1) a bow stave with a bladder held between the string and the stave; 2) a stick zither with the bladder between the string and a small board fixed to the stick; and 3) a wooden bow affixed at one end in a hole in a board, held in a strong curve by a string looped around the other end and passing through two small holes in the board and knotted below it, clasping a bladder between the arms of the loop. Bells can be added. The name boembas is onomatopoeic. The stick zither type is analogous to the bumbass. The boembas was formerly played from All Saints Day until Carnival; attempts have been made to revive it. It seems to be unknown in the French-speaking parts of Belgium.

F.J. de Hen: ‘Folk Instruments in Belgium’, GSJ, vol.25 (1972), 110–12.

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