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Musician playing the Tilincă

A 60 to 80 cm long metal or wooden tube, open at each end, without finger holes. This is an end blown flute which is held at a slant to the mouth and produces some 20 harmonics by either opening or closing the end of the tube with the forefinger. Despite its simplicity, it is used to play music from the slow doina to fast dances. It is found only in north Transylvania and Bucovina (both the Romanian and Ukrainian parts).

The only recordings of professional musicians from Bucovina playing the tilincă are Mihai Lăcătuşu, Silvestru Lungoci, and Constantin Sofian. Pipe players elsewhere in Romania have also learnt the instrument.

Block flute and transverse flute versions of the tilincă can be seen being played in folk groups outside its native region, this type is seen in some Hungarian bands playing csango music of Moldavia.

A similar instrument known as the seljfløote used to be made by young boys in some areas of Norway.

I have yet to hear of other examples.


Alexandru, T (1980), Romanian folk music, Musical publishing house, Bucharest


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