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Austria is known throughout the world mostly for the music of Wolfgang A. Mozart, “Silent Night” and “The Sound of Music” (although I have to reveal at this point that hardly anyone has seen the film here). Little is it known to most bagpipers in the world that Austria, too, has had and continues to have a story of piping, and an interesting one at that. The Austria the world knows today is actually a quite young country and consists of only a small part of what was once the Habsburg Empire (which throughout history was commonly labelled as “Austria”) and thus part of the greater Holy Roman Empire.Read more »
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.Read more »
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