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date: 27 January 2021


  • Gini Gorlinski


Clarinet of the Mandailing people of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, and various neighbouring groups. It has a quiet tone and was traditionally used by young men in courtship. Preferably it consists of two pieces, the smaller anak ni tulila (‘child tulila’) and the larger induk ni tulila (‘mother tulila’), each made from a separate bamboo tube open at both ends. The anak ni tulila is provided with a single idioglot reed, carved from the bamboo just below the upper end of the tube and reinforced by string at the hinge; the string might also act as a tuning bridle and quieten the sound by reducing the reed’s movement. The lower end of the anak ni tulila is inserted into the induk ni tulila, which has four fingerholes spaced nearly equally from the ends of the tube and from each other. The two tubes are loosely linked with string. The player puts the entire reed into his mouth and stops the tube’s open upper end with his tongue. A second, less preferable type of ...

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