Julian Pusca, The Pan Flute: Origins, Instruments and Repertoire (Other, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2013)

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 Author:  Pusca, Julian 
 Title:  The Pan Flute: Origins, Instruments and Repertoire 
 Degree, institution:  Other, Dublin Institute of Technology 
 Status, year:  accepted, 2013 (September 2013) 
 Volumes, pp.:  1 (112pp.) + 1 CD 
 Supervisor(s):  Pádhraic Ó Cuinneagáin and Ann Heneghan 
 Repository:  DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama Library 
 General specialism:  Musicology: Performance Studies 
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 Abstract: 

Although the pan flute is one of the oldest instruments on the earth with a unique, distinct sound, preceded only by that of percussion instruments, it has been neglected in terms of research and development of repertoire, and slow to gain acceptaince as an instrument capable of taking its place in performance of a wide variety of music genres. It has a wide and colourful history and tremendous historical significance for each nation in which it was developed. After been used initially as a hunting instrument, an subsequently in the spiritual and folk music of several nations, weddings and christenings, the pan flute has more recently earned its place among great musical instruments and in many styles of music performance, in particular over the last two centuries. In several countries, it has been considered to have a God-like status, even up to the present day, and the people have idolized it and considred it to be a source of connection between them and God.

This MMus dissertation explores the historical development of the pan flute, in particular highlighting the regional, cultural and artistic differences between the different versions of the instrument encountered across the globe, and also offers and insight into the individual styles of performance attached to them. The ongoing changes in the design of the instrument, including reference to the matierals used in its making, allied to new techniques and methods of performance, are also explored.

In terms of repertoire, and starting with the late-twentieth century, more than 200 classical works have been identified which have been written specifically for the pan flute. Its growth as a core instrument among classical instruments is also higlighted, and its current use in a variety of musical settings is revealed.