Name: Sopilka.
Type: Duct / Fipple Flute > Aerophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.211.12
Country: Ukraine.
Region: Eastern Europe.

Description: The sopilka [in Ukrainian: Cопiлка, pronounced “so-pil-ka”) is a name applied to a variety of woodwind instruments of the flute family used by Ukrainian folk instrumentalists. Having six to ten finger holes. The term is also used to describe a related set of folk instruments similar to a recorder in sound and construction.

Sopilkas are used by a variety of Ukrainian folkloric ensembles recreating the traditional music of the various sub-ethnicities in western Ukraine, most notably that of the Hutsuls of the Carpathian Mountains. Often employing several sopilkas in concert, a skilled performer can mimic a variety of sounds found in nature, including bird-calls and insects.

Citations: Dverij, R. Shkola hry na khromatychnii sopiltsi – Lviv, 2008 Part 1-72 pages, part 2 – 68 pages, part 3 – 64 pages ; Humeniuk, A. – Ukrainski narodni muzychni instrumenty – Kiev: Naukova dumka, 1967 Mizynec, V. – Ukrainian Folk Instruments – Melbourne: Bayda books, 1984 ; Cherkasky, L. – Ukrainski narodni muzychni instrumenty // Tekhnika, Kiev, Ukraine, 2003 – 262 pages. ISBN 966-575-111-5

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