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The Voice of the Wind

By: Vereno, Michael

Five years ago, my dissertation “Die Stimme des Windes” was published as a book by a German publishing company focusing on Linguistics. As my academic field is that of languages and my private interest that for bagpipes, I was lucky to be able to combine those two and thereby create a thorough study of the history of bagpipes from the perspective of language. My thinking was: If no early specimens of bagpipes survive and iconography fails us, language is the only thing we can turn to on our quest for answers.

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Around the Origins of Bagpipes: Relevant Hypotheses and Evidences in: Greek and Roman Musical Studies Volume 3 Issue 1-2 (2015)Well, there is this gem. Admitrtedly the only one from antiquity that I ever came across. However, it is (unless proved a fake) a typicly Hellenistic, I'd say definitely not later than 4-5th century, carving. 

I myself am open minded about this whole thing. Since this is the ONLY known cdepiction, well, possibly it IS a fake. But I am no specialist.

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