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Who Invented the Bagpipe?
By Rod La Farge, 1950

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Rod La Farge

Bagpipes in Italy Perhaps you thought the Scots invented the bagpipe?

They didn't! The Roman Legions brought them when they occupied the British Isles.

That the bagpipes have a strong hold in Italian folklore is evidenced by the popularity of plaster figures, such as in the photograph to the left.

In many provincial areas, the contadini (peasants) serenade the local shrine with massed bagpipes at Christmastime.

The effect is really quaint; your local Italian music shop probably has at least one record of such a chorus.


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