Infobox Instrument

classification=Double reed
The nihongo|hichiriki| is a double reed Japanese fue used as one of two main melodic instruments in Japanese gagaku music, the other being the ryuteki. The hichiriki is difficult to play, due in part to its double reed configuration. Although a double reed instrument like the oboe, the "hichiriki" has a cylindrical bore and thus its sound is similar to that of a clarinet. Pitch and ornamentation (most notably bending tones) is controlled largely with the embouchure. The hichiriki is one of the "sacred" instruments and is often heard being played at Shinto weddings in Japan. It produces a sound that many describe as "haunting."

The "hichiriki" is the most widely used of all instruments in Gagaku and it is used in all forms of music aside from poetry recitation.

The "hichiriki" is derived from the Chinese "guan" or "bili", and is also related to the Korean "piri".

Notable non-Japanese musicians who have learned to play the "hichiriki" include Alan Hovhaness, Joseph Celli, and Ralph Jones.

External links

* [http://jtrad.columbia.jp/eng/i_hichiriki.html - Traditional Japanese Music]

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