Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Musical Instruments II of Kazakhstan


http://d2cdm2jef6kgc7.cloudfront.net/stamps/2008/KZ/KZ025.08.jpgFollowing the first issue of the musical instruments stamp series, Kazpost release the second issue on December 19, 2008. The issue comprise of two stamps depict Kazakhstan traditional instruments, Zhelbuaz, and Dauylpaz.
 

The 25 stamp presents musical instrument, Zhelbuaz.This is refers to wind instruments and has a long history 

Zhelbuaz is the part of Kazakh culture, its origin goes deep in antiquity, but it still remains unknown tomany. It looks similar to a leather wineskin. 



This instrument has been found during archaeological excavations, and it is made of goatskin. The fact that this instrument is the Kazakh national wind instrument is proven by the fact that they used to make it from goatskin.

The neck of the zhelbuaz is closed with a special occlusion. In order for the instrument to be worn around the neck, a strong leather cord is attached to it. In recent times this instrument has been rarely used for the concerts of Kazakh national orchestras and folk ensembles.

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Dauylpaz is an ancient musical percussion type instrument. Similar instruments were widely used in every day life since early times.

For instance, the Kazakhs made sounds with it to frighten birds and animals when hunting or cattle herding.

Dauylpaz was very useful in the art of war also, to signal to the military training camp and combat maneuvers.
 
The structure of dauylpaz is rather complicated. The instrument is wholly carved of wood - red birch or maple. The surface is covered with goat or other animal skin. Also a special shoulder strap is made of fur to carry the instrument. Dauylpaz can be of various sizes.

Kazakh national games, such as «lasso tug», «single combat», «blind kid», «kyz kuu» (catch up with a girl) and others are often accompanied by dauylpaz sounds. This instrument can imitate the clatter of hooves it can also show exalted state of a person.

Popular Kazakh musician Akhmet Zhubanov was the first who used dauylpaz in the orchestra of folk instruments named after Kurmangazy.



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