Bagpipes: Common Diversity, Characteristics and Misconceptions

Event details

  • Monday | August 12, 2024
  • 2:30 pm

Făgăraș, August 12, 2024 (2.30 – 4.30 P.M.)

The bagpipe’s history is a lively debate, from ancient Egypt to Greece and Rome. Since 1300, it was everywhere – in manuscripts, castles, churches, and even carved in benches and sculptures. Imagine this unique instrument, beloved by farmers and shepherds and even associated with the devil. It had a dazzling moment at the French aristocracy’s court, and in Scotland, it was classified as a weapon!

Now, let’s explore the heart of the bagpipe – its design, workings, and the incredible variety out there. From its humble origins to royal escapades, the bagpipe has etched itself into history.

This course will provide a historical exploration of the rich cultural landscape the bagpipe is part of, as well as critical discussions in which we will challenge the cultural misconceptions around it.

And the sheer multitude of bagpipes? Brace yourself for a journey through the diverse world of bagpipes, each with its unique charm.

But wait—we’re not just exploring history—we’re diving into soul-stirring melodies. Get ready to be enchanted by the bagpipe’s timeless sounds.


Curs – Lutz Drieling

Lutz Drieling, M.A.

Departments/units: Făgăraș Summer School 2024, Educational Programs Department, Research Club

Topics: Astronomy and Dark Skys