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Sakpan - SOUNDS OF THE NOMADS

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Uploaded on Aug 2, 2011

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Saqpan is one of the ancient Kazakh musical instruments with a unique sound. In ancient times the instrument was commonly used in cattle breeding. Sheep herders applied the tool to drive cattle during spring litter (offspring), and peasants used it to scare birds away from fields. Some singers started accompany their songs with saqpan, and later on it became a musical instrument.

Saqpan is made of strong trees like cotoneaster and saxifrage. Its length is one span and width is 2-3 centimeters. As for its form, it is cut in the form of thin plates (planks), which are put in line on thread or wire. In order to make saqpan sound more sonorous a small gaps are left between the plates (planks). The process of making the instrument takes only 4-5 hours as the technology is not complicated.

In ancient times saqpan was used to drive the sheep, and today the instrument it is an integral part of many orchestra and ansambles, which is used for accomapnying musical compositions and making them sound more rich and harmonic.

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