The Volynka bagpipe (from the word ‘vol’ meaning ‘ox’), valynka \pipe (duda) \goat (kozel) \bubble (puzir) was, until recently, an unexplored part of Russian instrumental music. However, it is also an unexplored spot on the map of European bagpipes. Whilst Russians know relatively little about bagpipes, there are several images of bagpipes in European and Russian travellers’ drawings, references in lists of musical instruments of the Russian Empire before the mid‐19th century, several images in folk pictures (lubock) and in church chronicles as well as references in literature and folklore.Read more »
The Dudá belongs to the national cultural heritage of Belarus and it takes a notable place among the other bagpipes of Europe. Belarusian Dudar. Vilna region, 1905 It has a long history, which goes back in time to the period of Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Ruthenia and Samogitia. The territory of that former Eastern European state, along with its political situation, shaped the area where this musical instrument was spread. There is ample written evidence of its existence on the territory of the modern states of Belarus and Lithuania.Read more »
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