A Tradition of Breaches: On the Renaissance of Bagpipes and Bagpipe Making in Austria


This article has been edited to be spread over two editions. In this first instalment, Michael explores the modern revival of bagpipes in Austria and in the Autumn edition of Chanter, he will feature the current makers of the instrument. Part One: A bagpipe? In Austria? 1756: Carnival “Here comes the Peasant Wedding (…) It also has a bagpipe and a hurdy-gurdy in it.” Thus Leopold Mozart described his most recent work to his publisher in 1756.

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