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The binioù has a small bag and the pipe where we play the melody (levriad in Breton, chanter in English) is shorter than the veuze, enabling it to play an octave above. Very high pitched, the bagpipe is rarely a solo instrument but fits very well to
. Within this duo, binioù players will put forward the rythmic character of their instruments to support the steps of the breton dances and the melodies played by the bombard.
The binioù is made of : - a leather bag, - three stocks mounted in the bag for the blowpipe (sutell) used to inflate the bag, the chanter (levriad) with a double reed playing the melody, the tenor drone (bourdon) with a single reed producing a continuous note, one octave below the chanter at
height, - the woods are ebony or boxwood most of the time.
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Emblematic of the Breton music, this bagpipe has nearly disappeared in the twentieth century, but it managed to regain its deserved place in the celtic universe, due to musicians and bagpipe makers.
There are binioù in many keys ranging from F to C, according to the repertoire. The low pitched binioù, like the one in G shown in this page, fit well to the tunes from South and South-East Brittany (Vannes County). On the other hand, a chanter in B flat, even in C, is a good choice for the tunes from french Cornwall.
The Binioù, a breton bagpipe
The binioù is the most evocative name of the celtic world in France : it also suggests many sorts of instruments... But it is a bagpipe and the sharpest one of the family ! There are the binioù bras (big bagpipe) which in fact is
the Highland bagpipe
and the binioù kozh, which means old binioù in breton language : that one is
with the bombard
the most typical breton instrument. However, it is not so old : the veuze is probably the oldest bagpipe in Brittany while the binioù was created in the nineteenth century.
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