Traditional Musical Instruments

In the past, these (musical instruments) were made by the musicians themselves.

Crete, traditional and popular arts. Traditional Musical Instruments

The flute or recorder (chabiola) was made from reeds, the bagpipes (askomandoura) from the skin of a whole goat, the lyra from mulberry wood, maple or walnut. The bow of the lyra was from the loquat tree (despola or mousmoula), its strings from a horse’s tail and it was hung about with small bells (the so-called falcon-bells).

Today a new generation of instrument makers well versed in their instruments and the Cretan musical tradition are taking this traditional art-form forward in a creative manner. A weighty role is played by Labyrinth at Houdetsi in the Herakleion Prefecture.


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