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Fujara: Musical Instrument and its Music

Language: English

The Fujara, an extremely long flute with three finger holes traditionally played by Slovak shepherds, is regarded as an integral part of the traditional culture of Central Slovakia. It is not just a musical instrument, but also an artefact of great artistic value due to its highly elaborate, individual ornamentation.
The main tube of the flute measures 160 to 200 cm in length and is connected to a shorter tube of 50 to 80 cm. The instrument is characterized by deep “mumbling” tones, emitted by its lower register and very high overtones made possible by the length of the instrument. The melancholic and rhapsodic music varies according to the content of the songs, related to the shepherds' life and work. The musical repertoire is based on melodies determined by the technical features of the instrument and sounds imitating nature, such as the gurgle of a stream or a wellspring.

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Place/region: Slovakia, South East Europe
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Oskar Elschek
Publisher: Pro - Musica, Slovakia; NOP Traditional Music Culture
Coproducer/sponsor: Slovak Commission for UNESCO; Slovakia. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2008-00099.DV
Rights holder: UNESCO