Bandurria [Peru]

Name: Bandurria.
Type: Cordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Specimen: 1 in collection From Apurimac, Peru.
Luthier: Fabricas de Guitarras, Bellido; De Jorge Bellido E Jihos.
Date of Manufacture: 1954.
Country: Peru.
Region: South America.

Description: The bandurria is a lute that was exported through out Central and South America. Back in Spain the bandurria as played in 16th Century had four double orders [pairing] of strings. This amounted to more strings than the current Spanish Bandurria.

Currently the bandurria as played in Cuzco, Ayacucho and Apurimac have 16 strings resulting in a 12 string or six string 3 or 4 per order. In the 17th century the Bandurria Española already had 5 orders, and the sixth order was added to the 18th century.

Bandurria [Apurimac, Peru] Tunings
Names Tunings
Maulín E / G# / B / E
Cusqueña D / G / B / E
Ayacucho C / G / E / A
Carnival E / G / C / E
Apurimac G / C / B / E
Anonymous B / E / A / E


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