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Folk long song performance technique of Limbe performances - circular breathing. ©UNESCO 2010
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Folk long song performance technique of Limbe performances - circular breathing

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The Limbe is a side-blown flute of hardwood or bamboo, traditionally used to perform Mongolian folk long songs. Through the use of circular breathing, Limbe performers are able to produce the continuous, wide-ranging melodies characteristic of the long song. Limbe playing is characterized by euphonious melodies, melisma, hidden tunes and skilful and delicate movements of the fingers and tongue. The small number of skilled performers has become cause for concern, with only fourteen individual Limbe practitioners remaining.

on this subject: Nomination file / Dossier de candidature

Place/Country: Mongolia
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Documentary
Credits: Ts. Tsevegsuren, director. Mongolian Association of Limbe Performers, producer.
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Rights/Droits: Mongolian Association of Limbe Performers

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