Monday, April 12, 2010

#202 Myanmar...Thanks Thitar!

This set of Musical Instruments was issued during 1998-2000 depicting Myanmar Xylophone,Mon Brass Gongs,Rakhine Auspicous Drum,Myanmar Harp,Shan Pot Drum and Kachin Brass Gong.

The music of Burma (or Myanmar) has similarities with and is related to many other musical traditions in the region, including Chinese music, Indian music and Thai music.

These instruments are played in a musical scale consisting of seven tones, each associated with an animal that is said to be the producer of the tone. Each tone can be played raised, lowered or natural (corresponding to sharp, flat or natural), resulting a possible twenty-one combinations.

The Burmese harp is of special significance. It dates back to the 9th century, though it has changed quite a bit since then, expanding, for example, from three strings to sixteen.

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