- The skudučiai (a kind of panpipes) is an old field musical instrument that was quite popular as far back as the end of the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century it gradually fell out of use remaining somewhat longer in North-East Lithuania, the land of sutartinės: the towns of Bir?ai, Vabalininkas, Pandėlys, Kupi?kis. Earlier the skudučiai was known in a much larger area – in all the Highland region of Lithuania. Still, they had not been found in Samogitia and the land of Suvalkai.
The skudučiai is a set of pipes of various size, each stopped at the bottom, tuned in a peculiar way and palyed by a group of performers.
The skudučiai is made of young ash wood, some 2-3 cm. Thick and 7-15 cm. Long. In one end a cylindrical cavity is bored or burned out leaving 2-3 cm. Thick walls and a 2-3 quely – in this way the mouth-hole of the skudučiai is made. The skudučiai is blown keeping it in a vertical position. The mouth-hole is pressed to the lower lip.
The skudučiai have ancient and original folk playing traditions. A set of the skudučiai pipes are not tied together and, as a rule, they are blown not by one player but by a group of them. In this way polyphonic music of original harmony of seconds can be produced.
- 8-piece set
- Vilnius, Lithuania