Bergamo

Strange case of Bergamo and its Bagpipe Sep 2020 in Chanter 2020 Autumn

It might seem like the title of a novel, but it’s pure reality. In Bergamo, Lombardy, a small city of 120,000 inhabitants, but with a province that easily exceeds one million, about 50 kilometers north from the financial and fashion hub of Milan, exists a bagpipe with its own and unique characteristics: the “baghèt”. But let’s start from the beginning. Around 1980, an expert of popular traditions and ethnomusicologist, Valter Biella, came across a sensational discovery: in the middle Valle Seriana he found seven bagpipes, some incomplete, called “baghèt”, or “pia”, or even “pia baghèt”.

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