Information about Latvian musical
This site was created as an addition to the
Latvian folklore groups catalogue
to give visitors an opportunity to learn what instruments the
Certainly, it is difficult to judge, which instruments can be considered as
Latvian folk instruments, and which can not. On one hand, Latvians
themselves may have created only the kokle,
pipe and some
On the other hand, the synthesizer has already became a popular 'folk'
instrument... Where is the golden mean? Let the reader try to answer this
question himself. We ourselves shall follow rather simple criteria.
Among the folk musicians and the participants of the folklore ensembles there
exist different thoughts
and intuitive notions, but, in any case, we 'feel', what we can call
folk instruments (and - to use in the folklore
ensembles), and what we can not... So, let's go!
The list of instruments is accessible in
alphabetical order and
I want to thank Irisa Priedīte for her help and
permission to use
her books as source of information for this site.
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