The Müsa: Original Instruments and a Hypothesis on Scales and Tunings


In Chanter n. 30, vols. 3 and 4 (2016) I talked of the müsa in the Edinburgh museum, concentrating on that specific instrument with technical drawings, but many pages were dedicated to a general description and background of the müsa, no need to repeat it here. I will just give a short note about it as the aim of this article is to enlist all the surviving instruments and to propose an hypothesis on its tuning as since the ‘70s, when musicological research started, one of the most debated topics was the scale of the chanter and which note the drone played, a question still debated today.

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