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Thread #74474   Message #1299506
Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
18-Oct-04 - 04:04 AM
Thread Name: Traditional German instruments?
Subject: RE: Traditional German instruments?
Hackbrett = dulcimer
Akkordeon = accordion, or squeezebox

Especially the dulcimer is still used in the Alps, the classical area of retreat, where there is a rumour that the Upper Bavarians still are shooting strangers and hammering their dulcimers. (The rumour about the shooting isn't really true. I wrote it only to tease MudGuard).
The Bavarian TV often broadcasts traditional music; a combination one could call traditional is: Bass, guitar, zither, dulcimer; this kind is mostly played indoors and called Stubenmusi = room music. You can add other instruments ad. lib., if they are easy to transport, like violin, clarinet, accordion, trumpet if the room is big enough.
In the German lower lands the bands playing trad. folk dance music differ in number. Since they are playing for a bigger audience, they use louder instruments, like trumpets, clarinets, brass basses.
For old folk music of medieaval ages and renaissance the bagpipes were revived in Germany; at the Eurogathering in Groningen (thanks again, Letty!) Frank displayed some pipes of different sizes. But they are rarely in use.
Harps are seldom used; they are not so much used as in the Netherlands.