Hummelchen

Bruegel Pipes, as the name suggests, are reconstructed from those depicted by Renaissance painter, Peter Bruegel the elder (whose ‘enflamed’ pipers were censored by the Victorians!) With their drones dramatically rising forwards and upwards, they are a striking bagpipe, the Hummelchen’s big brother. Fingering and keys vary, but often they sound and play just like a Southern English Border Pipe, the only difference being the ‘geometry’. Although no historical instruments survive, there are many detailed paintings which allows modern reconstructors to make informed judgements about likely pitch and drone configuration.

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One of the sets of pipes described and depicted by the Renaissance organologist, Praetorius, Michael, modern day Hummelchen (or ‘bumblebee’ pipes) has been reconstructed from these original drawings. Mouth-blown, with one or two drones that project forwards, half-closed or Baroque recorder fingering, a nine-note scale and holes within easy reach, Hummelchen make an excellent beginner’s pipe for adults and children alike. They have a sweet, rustic sound, as befits their name, and are particularly suitable for playing Early Music.

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The Hummelchen Mar 2004 in Chanter 2004 Spring

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The Hummelchen revised Mar 2004 in Chanter 2004 Spring

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Hummelchen - in search of the little bumble bee Jun 1989 in Chanter 1989 Summer

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