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miniature ghichak

http://www.alansondheim.org/ghichak0.jpg ghichak
http://www.alansondheim.org/ghichak2.mp3 bowing
http://www.alansondheim.org/ghichak3.mp3 plucking

a miniature ghichak similar to the larger one we gave to the
National Music Museum, but less ornamented. it's very difficult
to play, given the setup. here are two pieces which sound
strange (and, i think, wonderful). they're extremely high-
pitched. bowing is traditional; i like the intensity, harmonics,
and fascinating timbres in the second part of the piece. the
strings aren't pressed to the neck, but touched above or on the
side. the plucking piece is a bit traditional, although not for
the ghichak; again, the strings aren't pressed down. thanks
greatly to Mitchell Clark for the ghichak; these instruments
are rare. i think it's from Balochistan; the decoration seems
from that area, but i could very well be wrong.

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