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560 sopel'

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Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia
wood; L. 20.1cm
fingerholes: 5
range: ca. 2 oct. from g#"

One of the most popular flutes in these regions. Its sound is soft, and rather weak in the lower register. High tones, however, have a sharp, penetrating quality. Played as a solo instrument, and in ensembles to accompany singing and dancing.

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Music Department, Tokyo National University of the Arts, 12-8 Ueno Kouen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8714, Japan