Reclam De Xeremes

Name: Reclam De Xeremes.
Type: Aerophones > Reeds > Idioglots.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 422.211.2
Country: Ibiza Island, East Coast of Spain.
Region: Iberian Peninsula & Western Europe.

Description: The reclam de xeremes, also known as the xeremia bessona or xeremieta, Is a double clarinet with two single reeds, traditionally found on the Balearic island of Ibiza, off the east coast of Spain.

Various researchers believe that the reclam descends from a similar instrument of Hellenic Egypt. In any case, it does indeed appear to be very similar in design to other Mediterranean double reed pipes such as the Arabic midjwiz, the Tunisian zumarra, the Egyptian arghul and the Sardinian launeddas.

Tuning: Traditionally the finger-holes gave a pentatonic scale in a tuning varying by instrument.

Construction: It consists of two cane tubes of equal length, bound together by cord and small pieces of lead to stabilize the tubes. On each tube are several finger holes, traditionally four in the front and one on the back, though in modern instruments the back hole is often omitted. At the top end of each cane a smaller piece of cane holding the single reed, though in modern instruments the reed is often inserted directly into the bore.

Citations: Bibliography: Josep: El folklore musical. Alianza Editorial. Madrid, 1983. p. 374 García-Matos, Manuel ~ Instrumentos musicales folklóricos de España. Anuario Musical, 9 1954, p. 161 ; Websites ; Juanma Sánchez ~ :

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