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FLUTES 6: Suling, West Java Indonesia by SEAN FOLSOM

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Uploaded on Dec 26, 2009

PART SIX, a FIPPLE FLUTE, from THE SHORT HISTORY OF FLUTES by SEAN FOLSOM, producer BB Simmons.
HEADSUPBERKELEY. The Suling Flute of Indonesia is called by many different names,depending on the types and sizes, and has more or less numbers of finger holes, as a result of the native musical traditions found on the numerous islands of this very large country, known as Indonesia.
This Suling shown here has 6 finger holes and is part of a number of genres, where it is never played solo.
My favorite Music Genre is "KACAPI SULING" of West Java, which has the Suling playing with 2 of more Kacapi (String Zithers). I characterize this Music as the Chamber Music of West Java, as it very easy to listen to.
There are some very nice articles on this Music on Wikipedia please see their entries for "Suling", "Kacapi Suling", and "Tembang Sunda". Please also look for works by Dutch musicologists Jaap Kunst and more recently, Wim Van Zanten.

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