Type: Chordophones > Lyres > Viols > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.7
Tuning: D / A / E
Country: Germany, Poland.
Description: A husla is a bowed instrument resembling a medical fiddle. It is played by the Wends or Sorbian peoples of Eastern Germany and neighbouring Slavic countries. Unlike the violin the back of the husla is flat. Due to the rise in popularity of the violin in the early 20th century.
The Husla became almost extinct. The husla has a new chance in life in large part to the Jan Kusik and the clockmaker J. Menci [Menzel]. Since the 1950s the instrument was given a new chance on ice. As a result of the revival of interest in the folk culture in Eastern Europe.