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Haidi

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Date:
19th century
Geography:
Beijing, China
Medium:
Rosewood, brass.
Dimensions:
L: 31.9 cm (12-9/16 in.); Diam. of Bell: 9 cm (3-9/16 in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-double reed
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.21
  • Description

    This double reed instrument was introduced to China around the beginning of the 16th century and takes its name from the Middle Eastern zurna. Several varieties are found in China, including a smaller version called a haidi. The player, whose mouth completely covers the small reeds, uses circular breathing (through the nose) to maintain a constant tone. It was first used by the military, but today it is played in ensemble or as a solo instrument.

  • References

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 18.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 18.



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