bagpipe (bladder pipe)

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Local name: siesieńki, sierszeńki, sieszynki, sieszynie, sierszynki, sierszynie, pancharzyna
Classification: 4 Aerophones / 42 Wind instruments proper / 422 Reedpipes / 422.2 Reedpipes with single reeds (clarinets) / 422.21 Individual reedpipes with single reeds / 422.211 With cylindrical bore / 422.211.2 With fingerholes / 422.211.2-62 Single-reed chanter with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes, flexible air reservoir Single-reed chanter with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes, flexible air reservoir
Maker: Domagała Franciszek
Date: 1970
Village / Town: Zbąszyń
Region: Greater Poland
Country: Poland
Owner: Museum of Folk Musical Instruments in Szydłowiec
Inventory number: MS/S/69
Description: a single voice bagpipe; mouth blown; double bag made from an animal bladder; single-reed; cylindrical chanter, light bent bell; mouthpiece
Decoration: the connection between the pipe and the bag is profiled and embellished with a metal ring and studding, as well as with red fabric (the connection between the mouthpiece and the bag is decorated similarly)
Measurements: chanter 302 mm, mouthpiece 196 mm
Materials: wood, reed, bladder, horn, metal, cloth
Sound compass, tuning: formerly not established, after World War II in west Greater Poland the instrument was supplied with a chanter from the white goat tuned in E-flat and with a diatonic scale b♭ – c' – d' – e♭' – f' – g' – a♭' – b♭' – c''
Performance practice: a shepherd’s instrument, used at the first stage of learning how to play bagpipe, reactivated after World War II for didactical purposes in the S. Moniuszko Music School in Zbąszyń, partly used in the folk revival, too
Catalog card by: Maria Żurowska / Zbigniew J. Przerembski

Wiwat, a wedding dance; Jan Pajchrowski (b. 1911, Gnin), sierszeńki; rec. Warsaw 1949; Sources of Polish Folk Music

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