|"The bagpipes," writes 16th-century Italian commentator Giovanni Della Casa in 1558, "are not an instrument for women, and indeed, are equally unsuitable for men." Love them or hate them, the bagpipes have always been with us across cultures, continents, and millennia. But there is much more to the bagpiping world than the highland greatpipes with which we are all familiar. This course seeks to familiarize students with the history of the bagpipes from Ancient Rome to 1600, differentiate the various types of bagpipes played in period, explore how pre-1600 bagpipes have been depicted in pop culture, as well as provide a basic grounding for those who might be interested in learning to play the instrument. Earplugs not required.
This class will not be recorded.