the Pipe and Tabor compendium

the Pipe and Tabor compendium

essays on the three-hole pipe

associated pipes - double pipes

gallery - a randam selection of images


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Double pipes, or two pipes played at the same time, are found in sculptures, paintings, stained glass, religious manuscripts and archaeology dating back into pre-history, right up to the present day. Sometimes the two pipes are exactly the same; other images show two slightly different shapes, one playing the tune and the other a drone pipe.

It is impossible to see the mouth-piece on some of these images: some may be duct flutes, others may have single or double reeds or be trumpets. If you have information on the mouth-piece of any of these instruments I would be grateful to know.

I have not included images where it is definately not a variety of duct-flute without keys. Around 1810 an English instrument maker, William Bainbridge, patented a keyed double flageolet which consisted of two English flageolets joined together so that the player could harmonise the tunes that s/he played. Flageolets are therefore not included here.

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worldwide
Arabic countries
945-525BC statuette Egypt 945-525BC statuette Egypt 900BC statuette Egypt Ancient Egypt711 BCE - 100CE Egypt
900-700BCE box, Lebanon 664 - 525 Egypt664-525BCE Egypt      
8th c BCE Syria 4thcentury BCE Tunisia4th century BCE Tunisia 150BCE Iraq (with drum) 200AD south Iraq
 
Israel
Israel Israel8th-6th BC Pheonicia / Israel mid 20th century paintingmid 20th century painting Reuven Rubin
 
Belarus
double pipes 2 different lengths
 
 
Romania
1998 Romania1998 player, Polovragi, Gorj county, Oltenia
 
Russia
Svirel, Russia 1885 Russia1885 painting detail, Russia

Double svirel has two similar pipes of different lengths. Each of the pipes has a whistle and three finger-holes. Size of the double svirel varies on a great scale. The bigger pipe can be 29 to 47 cm long, and the smaller 22 to 35 cm. The big pipe is usually held in the right hand and the small one in the left hand.

Bringing together two pipes into one instrument makes it possible for one player to perform two-voice melodies. The repertoire of double svirel tunes is quite extensive and versatile. Double svirel was unevenly spread in Russia.

 
Ukraine
19th century Ukraine19th century Sopilka "Dvodentsivka" from the Verkhovyna district    
3 Ukraine double pipes20th century 3 Ukraine double pipes
Ukraine21st century dzholomyhas    
  UkraineUkrainian Djolomyga, or Double Sopilka
 
Turkey
1920's Turkish - front [description from an auction site]
Turkey1920's Turkish - back
 
Indonesia
Indonesiafoi doa double and triple pipes1942 Ngada, Indonesia stampstamp, part of a set of traditional musical instruments
foi dua being playedfoi doa
 
Taiwan - nose flutes
Mouth flutes were played by peasants while nose flutes were only played by royalty.
nose flutesnose flutes Tsou player20th century Tsou man from
Dabang community
nose flutePaiwan player playerplayer
nose flutePaiwan player Taiwan double nose fluteplayer another nose flute playerPairang Pavavaljung playing
the double nose flute
woman playerwoman player woman player2012 Sauniaw Tjuveljevelj
[video]
children learning the Taiwan double nose flute21st century children learning the double nose flute from
Yu Weimin

2017 music festival2017 Taiwu Ancient Ballads Troupe at music festivall

Nose flutePaiwan woman playing double nose flute
 
USA and Canada
double Native American doubledouble double

NNative AmericanList of Native American flute makers worldwide

Native Americandouble Native American

 

Sarah Spencedrone flute

Native AmericaHigh Spirits, modified drone:
The left hand flute has three fingerholes, and will come with three leather
patches, so you can choose which ones you'd like to keep closed to create
your prefered pitch of the drone. The right hand flute plays like a normal
Native American flute.
2pipes2 different Native American pipes
2009 fairy2009 Arizona Festival fairy
21st century copy21st century copy
 
3 pipes2 pipes plus drone 3pipesleather blocks the hole for tuning drone 3 pipes
 
South and Central America
Mexico (sound) double pipesMayan Maya style, Mesoamerica

100BCE Mexico terracotta figure100BCE-250AD Nayarit People Mexico
double pipe and rattle


Aztec200BCE to200BC Pre-Columbian, West Mexico front
 
back200BCE to200BC Pre-Columbian, West Mexico back
Mexico300BCE to 300AD Pre Colombian West Mexico front
back300BCE to 300AD Pre Colombian West Mexico back
Mexico prehistoric pipes
300BCE Mexico300 BCE - 250AD Colima culture, Mexico
Mexico prehistoric pipes
diagrams Perudouble pipes from Peru

frontAztec 20th century, made for tourists, front

backAztec 20th century, made for tourists, back

mouthpieceAztec 20th century, made for tourists, mouthpiece
21st centuryclay double pipes currently being made
copies of archeological finds by Arte Talli
playersplayers of bamboo double pipes  
 
Cuzcodouble pipes from Cuzco, Peru
Mayanin F#

Africa
cane pipes with horn bell
Morocco
Tanzania double nose pipes2016 Africa, Tanzania, double nose pipes
 
India and area
India stone carvingIndia late 2nd century BCE
to early 3rd century CE
2nd century India Satara, India (probably reeded pipes)
2nd-3rd century NW Frontier, Pakistan
double flute, one pipe
one a drone
video by langa community,
here and here
21st century
Algoza (double flute of Rajasthan), video duet  

1975 doneli Baluchistan, Pakistan/Iran/Afganistan

flute doneli audio

another doneli [ two separate pipes, one a drone]
 
   
21st century desert
not known
RajasthanRajasthan nose pipes 2009 Rajasthan nose double pipe2009 Rajasthan nose pipes India double ose pipes2010 India double nose pipes  
 
     
       
       

 

Videos: 1.
2. - Tre Fontane, anon 14th century
3. - how to play the double whistle
4. - double flute of Rajasthan

 


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