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date: 13 November 2019


  • Jeremy Montagu


Greek bagpipe played in the Aegean islands. The bag is made of goatskin, rarely of sheepskin, and the instrument has a double chanter but no separate drone. The chanter normally comprises two cane pipes set in a wooden stock, but occasionally it has twin bores in a single piece of wood, or more rarely a single tube of cane in a wooden stock. The chanter often ends with an upturned bell, or sometimes with an added bell of horn. The reeds are idioglot single reeds, upcut or downcut. The number of fingerholes varies, commonly five in each pipe but sometimes five in one and one, less often two, in the other. The mouthpipe is a tube of wood, cane, or birdbone. The tsabouna is played solo or accompanied by the island drum, the toubi. In some islands, notably Karpathos, it is played with the string instruments lyra (short-necked fiddle) and/or ...

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