Peruvian Music

4 April 2015
Examines historical, technical & sociocultural significance of the bipolar siku (panpipe).

The purpose of this research is to examine the historical, technical and social significance of the bipolar siku of Peru, particularly as regards the projection of Peruvian panpipe orchestras in the culture of Peru and of the world at large. The plan of the research will be to set forth a technical description in musical terms of the siku and a positioning of the instrument from a historical perspective, and then to discuss the sociocultural implications of Andean music in modern Peruvian society, as well as the symbolic characteristics of the instrument in respect of sundry sikuri traditions, functions, and most important cultural meanings.
The siku (also sicu), is a variety of Peruvian panpipe used by indigenous peoples of the southern Colla (also Aymara) group in the region of oruru.1 This region is part of the Collao…
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