Guide to the Carillon

A photo of the carillon in Olympiapark Muchen

The carillon is a percussion instrument that consists of about twenty-three to seventy cup-shaped bells. Its name originated from the French word ‘quadrillon,’ which means, ‘four bells.’ In Germany, the carillon is called the Glockenspiel. These bells were housed inside a bell tower, church, or municipal building. Also, the carillon bells were … Read more

Guide to the Kemenche

A photo of the kemenche of the Black Sea

The kemenche or kamancheh is a bottle-shaped instrument that came from the north-eastern Asia Minor bordering the Black Sea. This stringed instrument has a substantial symbolic value and cultural identity for the Pontic Greeks. The name of this instrument came from a Persian origin that means “little bow” or “small bow.” As … Read more

Guide to the Kutiyapi

The kutiyapi, also known as kudyapi, is a two-stringed boat lute that originated in the Philippines. Some name variations also existdepending on what region it is used. In Maguindanao, this instrument was referred to as ‘kutiapi,’ while the Maranao called this ‘kotyapi.’ At the same time, the Subanon named it ‘kotapi.’ The … Read more

Guide to the Cuatro

A photo of a Venezuelan Cuatro

The Cuatro is a Latin American stringed instrument that has its origin in Europe. However, it is usually played in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and other Latin American countries. The history of the Cuatro starts many centuries ago with the expansion of the popularity of the Spanish Guitar. The latter instrument is a … Read more

Guide to the Crwth

A photo of the Crwth

The Cwrth (pronounced as crooth) is an ancient stringed instrument that is usually associated with Welsh music and medieval folk music of England. This instrument is also called crowd or rote and is widely played in Europe. The name crwth was derived from a Proto-Celtic language word ‘krutto,’ which means a round … Read more