Name: Gadulka.
Type: Chordophones > Lyres > Lyra > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.71
Country: Bulgaria.
Region: Balkans & South East Europe.

Description: The gadulka is a bowed instrument having three playing strings although has 11 additional sympathetic strings that resonate when the instrument is played. Resembling the Lyra Politica and Cretan Lyra in its appearance and over all sound. The Thracian gadulka is the largest the dobrujan gadulka is slightly smaller in size.

Gadulka Tunings
Name Tunings
Dobrujan A’ E’ A’
Gabrovo or Balkan A’ A E’
Thracian Tuning A’ E’ D’


Citations: Bibliography: Stanley Sadie ~ New Grove Dictionary of Music Volume Two G-O page, 2 article by Vergilij Atannassov ;

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