Online Encyclopedia

BALALAIKA

Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 234 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: del.icio.us del.icio.us it!
BALALAIKA, a stringed instrument said to have retained its primitive form unchanged, very popular in Russia among the peasants, more especially in Ukraine. The instrument has a triangular soundboard to which is glued a vaulted back, forming a body having a triangular base, enabling it to stand upright. To the body is added a fretted neck strung with two, three or four strings, generally so tined as to produce a minor chord when sounded together. The strings are generally plucked with the fingers, but the peasants obtain charming glissando " effects by sweeping the strings lightly one after the other with the fingers or side of the hand. The Balalaika is common to the Slav races, who use it to accompany their folk-songs and dances. It is also to be seen in the hands of gipsies at rural festivities and fairs.
End of Article: BALALAIKA
[back]
BALAKLAVA
[next]
BALANCE (derived through the Fr. from the Late Lat....

Additional information and Comments

HI ~ I am having a project on the instrument Balalaika in music class. This information is goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooodd ~ ~ Thank you for the information ! ! :D
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.