The duduk is a middle east
ern double reed
instrument dating back
at least 1500 years. It has a very distinctive timbre
and can be
described as haunting
, mournful, somewhat nasal, warm, tender and
. It is an instrument very close to the hearts of
ns. It holds as much importance, if not more, as the piano
and violin in the music schools of Yerevan
The instrument is usually made of apricot wood, in the form of a
simple holow pipe. It has 7-9 holes on top and a single one for the
thumb below. The length ranges from 6-7 inches to 16 inches. The
reed is large, flat and made of grass. It is considered to be a
relative of the oboe. It is usually accompanied by at least one
other duduk, dam duduk, holding a single tone.
The sound of this instrument should be familiar to many. It can be
heard in several movies such as "The Crow", "The Last temptation of
Christ", "Dead Man Walking" and "Gladiator". It's also used in the series Xena.
It is sometimes spelled as dudoouk and pronounced as
doo-dook. In Turkey the instrument is called mey.
"Duduk" Vol. 3 of "Music of Armenia", Celestial Harmonies.
"Apricots From Eden", soloist Djivan Gasparyan.
Any other recordings by Djivan Gasparyan.
The soundtracks to "The Last temptation of Christ" and "Gladiator"
do a wonderful job of mixing of the duduk to more modern themes.