Qobuz

Name: Qobuz.
Type: Bowed > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.7
Country: Kazakhstan & Turkestan (Xinjiang China).
Region: Central Asia.

Description: The Qobyz (Cyrillic: қобыз) or qıl-qobız. The origins of this instrument are ancient. Traditionally they [Qobuz] were sacred instruments, owned by shamans and bakses [traditional spiritual medics]. According to legends, the qopuz and its music could banish evil spirits, sicknesses and death.

Development: In the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan, during the 1930’s. Experimentations and further development of the qopuz resulted in a form some what resembling a violin. In construction, appearance range and tuning. Four metal strings were added.Traditionally they [Qobuz] were sacred instruments, owned by shamans and bakses [traditional spiritual medics]. According to legends, the qopuz and its music could banish evil spirits, sicknesses and death.

Development: In the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan, during the 1930’s. Experimentations and further development of the qopuz resulted in a form some what resembling a violin. In construction, appearance range and tuning. Four metal strings were added.