Name: Sralai.
Type: Quadruple Reed > Aerophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 422.112
Country: Kampuchea.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The sralai [in Khmer: ស្រឡៃ] is a wind instrument used in the pinpeat [royal court orchestra] of Cambodia. Its quadruple reed is made of palm leaf, and its body has a slightly conical bore. Belonging to the conical bore double / multiple reed family of wood-wind instruments. The sralai is very similar in construction and playing technique to the Thai pi.

Playing Techniques: The instruments used in the pinpeat tune to the sralai’s pitch. Circular breathing is required to maintain the long notes through the performed melodies.


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