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SURLE
Northern Croatia
two cylindrical bore chanters with bell ends and single-blade reeds



General Comments:

Like a few other bagpipes, the simple Surle has no drone as such - the accompanying chanter, with three fingerholes and mounted in the same stock, does double-duty, so to speak. This is similar to the basic configuration of the various Italian Zampognas - and in fact this pipe is found in a very similar form in the region of Italy that lies around the head of the Adriatic Sea, a short distance northwest of Croatia, where it is called "Piva di Trieste."

Musical Notes:


The scales and key signatures given may be regarded as approximations; bagpipes may deviate from conventional standards in absolute and relative pitch.


Sean Folsom playing the Croatian Surle.
There's not a whole lot to see; the two simple chanters are almost toy-like in appearance.

Two ordinary single-blade cane reeds are conventionally deployed.
Photographs & Text Copyright 1999 - 2002, Oliver Seeler,

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