Name: Dentsivka.
Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Duct.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.221.12
Country: Ukraine.
Region: Eastern Europe.

Description: The dentsivka [in Ukrainian: Денцівка] pronounced as “Denchivka”. It is thus classified as a duct flute. The dentsivka is often commonly called a sopilka, however, the dentsivka has a fipple, like the western European recorder. In recent times the use of chromatic ten-hole fingering was developed for the instrument. Where as in western Ukraine. Some dentsivkas only have five tone holes.

The same chromatic approach is applied to other flutes found in Ukraine. The dentsivka is made in a number of sizes from piccolo tuned in F prima in C, alto in G, tenor in F to the bass in C. Concert versions of the prima are available, the best being sold in Ukrainian music stores under the name “mala fleita”.

Construction: Usually it is made from a tube of wood approximately 30 to 40 cm [12 to 16 in] length. Tone holes are cut or burnt into the tube and a fipple made at one end. If the fipple is in the top of the instrument on the same plane as the playing holes, instead of the underside, the instrument is a kosa dudka [in Ukrainian: Коса дудка], though they may fail to be distinguished.

The internal diameter is usually 12 to 14 mm [0.4 to 0.5 in] with the walls of the tube being 2 mm to 3 mm [0.08 in to 0.12 in] thick. In traditional instruments the tuning varied with the length of the tube, but was usually diatonic, with a range of two and a half octaves.

Citations: Bibliography: Websites: dbpedia Densivka [article] ;

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