20.08.2007 -

Armenian Duduk Music -Masterpiece Of The Oral And Intangible Heritage Of Humanity

In the framework of the Agreement between UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Armenia and with the financial support of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation and Promotion of the Intangible Cultural Heritage the UNESCO Moscow Office has been overseeing the implementation of the project “Armenian Duduk Music.”

The project is implemented by the Society for the Safeguarding of Armenian Folk Music (SSAFM) in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Armenia and Armenian National Commission for UNESCO.   

The Armenian Duduk music was proclaimed by UNESCO a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005.

The Duduk music, and the instrument itself, have traditionally been an inseparable part of both the social life and the cultural identity of the Armenians. The duduk music accompanies all important occasions in community life: celebrations, weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc. Even though symbolically still very important, the duduk music is less and less present in real life. It runs the risk of losing its roots, its vitality and traditional character to become just another facet of “high culture.”   

The present project aims to build national capacities for the safeguarding of traditional duduk music in the contemporary social, cultural and political context in Armenia, promotion of the inter-generational transmission of the knowledge, experience, skills and technique related to the performance of the duduk music and the production of the instrument and elaboration of the inventory of the Armenian duduk music and instrument.

Within the project a practical manual, including DVD, for duduk players, duduk makers, and students of the duduk music was prepared and published.



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It is planned to conduct master-classes on traditional duduk playing and duduk making in musical schools and colleges in the capital and provincial centers of Armenia, prepare and publish scores of Armenian composers, in which the duduk has been used and preserved its value of being a traditional folk instrument, workshops for duduk teachers and competitions among music schools in the capital and regions. Moreover, to promote duduk playing a series of radio and TV programmes devoted to duduk music will be produced and broadcasted in cooperation with local radio and TV channels.





              Djivan Gasparyan © Alexey Ivanov


                            Gevorg Dabaghyan

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