minstrel: Greek or Phrygian Aulos

Blue barddance at crosswinds.net
Sun Sep 10 19:11:50 PDT 2000

Hello i'm new to the list but have been lurking... I know its a little more 
ancient than subjects normally discussed here, but i was sure someone could 
help me track down references to the ancient greek double flute, called the 
aulos? It appears to be two pipes played simultaneously (one in each hand, 
both in mouth, spread sideways, so it looks like the 2 long sides of a 
triangle, if that makes sense). It was associated with the oracle at Delphi 
amongst other things, and there is a Phrygian version.

I'd be interested to know if anyone knows of a later equivalent, of anyone 
who plays such an instrument or even makes them? Also, is there any history 
of a double flute or similar from a later period - most of the early greek 
instruments have survived in one form or another, did the aulos develop in 
its 2 pipe form?

Any ideas would be most welcome, thanks :)


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