‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’

Jul 19, 2018

We would like to invite everyone to watch the latest film from the ‘Instruments with Soul’ series featuring the hammered dulcimer of Rzeszów. The film is narrated and the music played by well-known dulcimer makers and musicians from the village of Futoma – Marek Kruczek and Jerzy Panek.

The dulcimer is one of the oldest musical instruments known to mankind, whose history – according to some accounts – goes back to the times of Antiquity. It originated in the Middle East and later spread to different parts of the world bearing various names and appearing in multiple sizes, constructions, sounds, techniques of playing and performance practices. The instrument have been used in Poland since the seventeenth century in different regional variants, of which two still survive in the Polish traditional culture: the hammered dulcimer of Wilno/Vilnius (originally played in the east of Poland, which has since been lost, and now still preserved in the regions of Warmia, Masuria and West Pomerania) and the hammered dulcimer of Rzeszów. In the region of Podkarpacie/Subcarpathia, the dulcimer has principally appeared in folk ensembles playing a key role in the celebrations of traditional rituals and customs, particularly weddings and various family gatherings.

In the latest instalment of the ‘Instruments with Soul’ series, the intricacies of the instrument’s construction, the playing techniques and the most popular repertoire performed on the hammered dulcimer of Rzeszów will be presented by celebrated masters of performance and instrument production from Futoma – Marek Kruczek and Jerzy Panek.

The film has been produced by Maciej Stasiński (www.watra.pl).

More information about this intriguing instrument can be found in our blog called ‘Tradycje muzyczne’ (Musical traditions’), where its editor Ewelina Grygier discusses the place that the dulcimer have held in Poland both traditionally and in modern times (her most recent post is titled Cymbalistów było wielu…).

You are also welcome to watch a video from a hammered dulcimer of Rzeszów makers’ workshop (part of the Institute of Music and Dance’s programme ‘School of master folk instrument makers’) organised in 2012, featuring Marek Kruczek, and you can visit the website called ‘Polish folk musical instruments’ to explore the instrument’s descriptions and photos from the largest Polish museum collections.

More episodes in the series are set to appear later in 2018. They will showcase the suka biłgorajska, the Podhale double bass and, in a special instalment, the kannel – a traditional instrument from Estonia regarded as the country’s national symbol.

 

  • ‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’ | fot. kadry z filmu
  • ‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’ | fot. kadry z filmu
  • ‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’ | fot. kadry z filmu
  • ‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’ | fot. kadry z filmu
  • ‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’ | fot. kadry z filmu
  • ‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’ | fot. kadry z filmu
  • ‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’ | fot. kadry z filmu
  • ‘Instruments with Soul’ – ‘Hammered Dulcimer of Rzeszów’ | fot. kadry z filmu