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[History of Irish Musical Instruments] Uilleann Pipes: Folk Musical Instruments

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Uilleann pipes is a traditional Irish instrument. Although it is a folk instrument, it is a relatively famous instrument that often appears in the soundtracks of movies and TV dramas. Therefore, I think there are many people who have heard it. Since Uilleann Pipes is a folk instrument, there are only unknown musical instrument manufacturers that specialize in this instrument, but it is a musical instrument that has a certain number of demands and can be said to be a globally recognized instrument.

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Location

This instrument was born in Ireland.

Origin of the name

Uilleann pipes is called the elbow pipe in Irish. Unlike other bagpipes, it is an instrument that sends air into the leather bag. Therefore, instead of the performer’s exhalation, the bellows attached to the elbow is used instead. The name was given to the elbow pipe because it uses the elbow.

History of Uilleann Pipes

Uilleann pipes are pipes that have appeared since modern times. Before that, an instrument called a bagpipe was known. Since Scotland and Ireland were under the control of England until modern times, the performance of bagpipes, one of the weapons, was originally prohibited in both countries. That’s why Ireland developed and started using the kind of bagpipes that could be played indoors. It is said that Uilleann Pipes was born in this way. Uilleann pipes, unlike bagpipes, can completely and intentionally stop the sound. In comparison, traditional bagpipes are instruments that cannot completely stop the sound. In addition, the conventional bagpipe is an instrument that plays upright, and the sound cannot be stopped immediately, so it was not very easy to use. Therefore, Uilleann Pipes can be said to be an improved version. Uilleann pipes became popular because it was found to be an instrument that was easy to play with other instruments indoors and was easy to use. Uilleann pipes, sometimes used in place of the church organ, has become recognized among Christians. Many of Ireland’s Uilleann pipes players at the time were Protestant. Uilleann pipes has become a well-known folk instrument, and has become a popular instrument in movie and TV drama soundtracks, as well as in pop music.

Features of Uilleann Pipes

 Uilleann pipes are known for their low volume compared to the Scottish Highland Pipes. Also, because it is an instrument that is played while sitting, it cannot be played while standing.

Uilleann pipes song

Many people may recognize that Uilleann pipes is an unknown instrument because it is a folk instrument. However, this instrument is also used in famous movies. It is used in the blockbuster movie Titanic. The film received a lot of praise for its love story against the backdrop of the sinking of the Titanic. It has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards, making it the most nominated work alongside All About Eve (1950), and has won 11 categories, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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