SFDH Logo (tiny)

The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)

Who Invented the Bagpipe?
By Ron LaFarge, 1950

[ Home | About | Encyclopedia |
| Publications | Members ]

CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Ron LaFarge

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.


DOCUMENTS


This page © 2018 by Ron Houston.
Please do not copy any part of this page without including this copyright notice.
Please do not copy small portions out of context.
Please do not copy large portions without permission from Ron Houston.