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date: 16 November 2019

Chabrette [chabreta]locked

  • Jean Michel Renard



Traditional bagpipe of western France and Belgium, distinct from the Cabrette. The name, a diminutive of ‘goat’, refers to the material of the mouth-blown bag. The conical, double-reed chanter with jointed bell retains a trace of Renaissance design in its fontanelle, which encloses the brass key that covers the lowest tone hole. The stock, into which the chanter and one cylindrical, double-reed drone are inserted in parallel, is often decorated with small mirrors reminiscent of Limousine religious enamels. The single-reed side drone, sounding an octave lower than the one parallel to the chanter, contains a folded triple bore, resembling in this sense the musette de cour drone or the racket.

With its typical elaborate decoration of bone, horn, pewter, and mirrors, the chabrette, distinct from the other bagpipes of central France, continues to be made and played west of a line extending from Wallonia (Belgium) to the Massif Central (France). It is not associated with Paris....

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