100 Torupilli! Jun 2015 in Chanter 2015 Summer

“100 Bagpipes” is a video blog that introduces the Estonian bagpipes and the musical opportunities they offer through active Estonians. Throughout 2015 - a year dedicated to music - 100 videos together with fascinating facts and sayings about the instrument will be published on the blog. Torupilli Jussi nr 21 Estonian bagpipes used to be very popular instruments. Not a single party, especially weddings - events that were often postponed when the bagpiper could not attend - was held without the accompaniment of the bagpipes.

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The Estonian Bagpipe - Torupill Jun 2015 in Chanter 2015 Summer

Compiled by Catlin Magi and edited by Jane Moulder The Estonian bagpipe is called a torupill, with toru meaning pipe and pill being a general term for a musical instrument. In fact, sometimes the instrument is simply referred to as a pill. The first mention we have of the bagpipe dates back to the 16th century when, in describing a peasant’s uprising in 1560, Johannes Renner refers to a bagpiper riding on horseback in front of the rebel’s leader.

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Estonian Torupill by Andrus Taul. Our gallery is currently under construction. We’ll add more information soon.

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