A conventional bagpipe participant and historical past fanatic is encouraging Poles to return to their nation’s musical roots by way of a sequence of brief movies which inform the story of previous Polish music by way of its devices, songs and historic anecdotes.
The mission, entitled ‘The Bagpiper’s Column’ is a group of 13 brief historic and musical movies created by Mikołaj Wozniak from Gniezno by which he and different musicians, continuously costume in medieval garments, re-enact conventional songs from Poland on authentic, previous devices and inform the historical past behind them.
Wozniak informed TFN: “The Bagpiper’s Column’ presents audiences a chance to listen to previous music from 500, 600 and way back to 700 years in the past.
“Re-creating the music was doable as a consequence of historic sources: musical notes, iconography, books, footage and publications written by lovers and researchers.
“The songs within the movies originate from medieval instances, the renaissance and people collections.”
Over 20 distinctive previous devices, crafted by 9 conventional instrument makers, are featured within the movies, together with a few of the oldest devices on the earth such because the Shawm and Jaw Harp in addition to the hurdy-gurdy, recorder, lute, medieval drum and totally different forms of bagpipes, which have been a part of the European musical custom for 2000 years.
The sequence options the Galician (Spanish), Belarussian, Medieval and Scottish Highland bagpipes and culminates in a movie concerning the Wielkopolska bagpipes that are Mikołaj Wozniak’s principal instrument.
The movies within the assortment have been filmed in historic places in Gniezno and surrounding areas together with the gothic church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Gniezno, the Museum of Archaeology in Biskupin and Jankowo Dolne.
Some have been additionally filmed within the Historic Park within the village of Wola Jabłońska and Bukówiec Górny, a village with excellently maintained monuments to Larger Polish folklore.
Wozniak informed TFN: “The Bagpiper’s Column took place as a result of I wished to fill the hole left by the workshops and performances with my band which I did earlier than Covid-19 and which I all of a sudden couldn’t do.
“It was a option to exchange that work and proceed to coach folks about conventional Polish music regardless of the lockdown.
“There are additionally not many movies on this topic that may be discovered on YouTube or elsewhere or ones which inform the story of conventional previous musical traditions in an accessible option to these not already conversant in it. I wished to vary this.”
The 13 movies within the ‘The Bagpiper’s Column’ might be seen HERE.