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Armenian national musical instrument duduk
ClassificationWind instrument with double reed
Playing range
Duduk range.jpg
Gevorg Dabaghyan, Djivan Gasparyan, Pedro Eustache, Vache Sharafyan, Didier Malherbe
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Doudouk armenien.jpg
Armenian national musical instrument duduk
ClassificationWind instrument with double reed
Playing range
Duduk range.jpg
Gevorg Dabaghyan, Djivan Gasparyan, Pedro Eustache, Vache Sharafyan, Didier Malherbe

The duduk (doo-dook;[1] Armenian: դուդուկ, traditionally known as ծիրանափող tsiranapogh),[2] is a woodwind instrument indigenous to Armenia.[3][4] Unlike other double reed instruments, such as the oboe or shawm, the duduk has a very large reed in proportion to its size. The unflattened reed and completely cylindrical (not conical) body of the instrument produce a sound closer to that of a clarinet or saxophone than to more commonly known double-reeds.

UNESCO proclaimed the Armenian duduk and its music as a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005 and inscribed it in 2008.[5][6] The duduk music has used in a number of American and others films, most notably in Gladiator.

Variations of it exist in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, including the balaban in Azerbaijan and Iran.[7]


Historically, the word ծիրանափող, pronounced [tsiɾɑnɑˈpʰoʁ], (literally "apricot pipe")[8] has been used in Armenian.[9][2] According to some sources, the word "duduk" was put into wide circulation in Armenia in the 1920s, during the early Soviet period, thus largely replacing "tsiranapogh".[10][11]

The word "duduk" (also spelled doudouk or duduk) is a loanword ultimately derived from Turkish "düdük".[12][13] According to the 2003 book Etymological Dictionary of the Altaic Languages, the Proto-Turkic *dǖtük ("pipe") derives from Proto-Altaic *tū́ti ("tube, round vessel", cf. Old Japanese tutu).[14] The word dudka in Slavic languages is a diminutive of duda and is of native Proto-Slavic origin.[15]

This instrument is not to be confused with the northwestern Bulgarian folk instrument of the same name (see below, Balkan duduk).


A duduk mouthpiece

The duduk is a double reed instrument with ancient origins, having existed since at least the fifth century, while there are Armenian scholars who believe it existed more than 1,500 years before that.[16] The earliest instruments similar to the duduk's present form are made of bone or entirely of cane. Today, the duduk is exclusively made of wood with a large double reed. Nowadays, the instrument is mainly made from aged apricot wood.[17]

The particular tuning depends heavily on the region in which it is played. In the twentieth century, the Armenian duduk began to be standardized diatonic in scale and single-octave in range. Accidentals, or chromatics are achieved using fingering techniques. The instrument's body also has different lengths depending upon the range of the instrument and region. The reed (Armenian: եղեգն, eġegn), is made from one or two pieces of cane in a duck-bill type assembly. Unlike other double-reed instruments, the reed is quite wide, helping to give the duduk both its unique, mournful sound, as well as its remarkable breath requirements. The duduk player is called dudukahar (դուդուկահար) in Armenian.

The performer uses air stored in his cheeks to keep playing the instrument while he inhales air into his lungs. This “circular” breathing technique is commonly used with all the double-reed instruments in the Middle East.[7]

Duduk "is invariably played with the accompaniment of a second dum duduk, which gives the music an energy and tonic atmosphere, changing the scale harmoniously with the principal duduk."[18]


Armenian musicologists cite evidence of the duduk's use as early as 1200 BC, though Western scholars suggest it is 1,500 years old.[19] Variants of the duduk can be found in Armenia and the Caucasus. The history of the Armenian duduk music is dated to the reign of the Armenian king Tigran the Great, who reigned from 95–55 B.C.[20] According to ethnomusicologist Dr. Jonathan McCollum, the instrument is depicted in numerous Armenian manuscripts of the Middle Ages, and is "actually the only truly Armenian instrument that's survived through history, and as such is a symbol of Armenian national identity ... The most important quality of the duduk is its ability to express the language dialectic and mood of the Armenian language, which is often the most challenging quality to a duduk player."[21]

Balkan duduk[edit]

While the term duduk most commonly refers to the double reed instrument described on this page, there is a different instrument of the same name played in northwestern Bulgaria. This is a blocked-end flute resembling the Serbian frula, known also as kaval or kavalče in a part of Macedonia,[22] and as duduk (дудук) in northwest Bulgaria.[23][24] Made of maple or other wood, it comes in two sizes: 700–780 mm and 240–400 mm (duduce). The blocked end is flat. Playing this type of duduk is fairly straightforward and easy, and its sound is clean and pleasant.

In popular culture[edit]

The sound of the duduk has become known to wider audiences through its use in popular film soundtracks. Starting with Peter Gabriel's score for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, the duduk's archaic and mournful sound has been employed in a variety of genres to depict such moods. Djivan Gasparyan played the duduk in Gladiator, Syriana, and Blood Diamond, among others.[25] The duduk was also used extensively in Battlestar Galactica.[26] The duduk was also used in the series Avatar: The Last Airbender. It's computer-altered sound was given to the fictitious Tsungi horn, played by a number of the characters. The sound of the duduk was used in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A Lullaby that Mr. Tumnus plays on a fictitious double flute.[27]

The 2010 Eurovision Song Contest entry from Armenia "Apricot Stone", which finished 7th in the final, featured prominent duduk played by Djivan Gasparyan. In the indie-rock genre, the French-American band Deleyaman is the first alternative music band to have featured the duduk on all of their albums with Gerard Madilian as a permanent member in their line-up.

Film soundtracks[edit]

The duduk has been used in a number of films, especially "to denote otherworldliness, loneliness, and mourning or to supply a Middle Eastern/Central Asian atmosphere."[28]

Benik Ignatyan playing the duduk in Yerevan, Armenia, 1997.

Television soundtracks[edit]

Video game scores[edit]

Popular music[edit]

The duduk also appears in songs:

Anime soundtracks[edit]

See also[edit]

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  1. ^ Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (American Musical Instrument Society) 32: 183. 2006. "...the duduk (pronounced doo-dook)..." 
  2. ^ a b "Երաժշտական գործիքներ [Musical instruments]" (in Armenian). Armenian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. "Հայաստանում փողային գործիքների շարքում առանձնահատուկ է դուդուկը (կոչվում է նաև ծիրանափող), որը պատրաստվում է վայրի ծիրանենու կամ տանձենու փայտից:" 
  3. ^ Stokes, Jamie, ed. (2008). Peoples of Africa and the Middle East, Volume 1. p. 63. ISBN 978-0-8160-7158-6. "One of the oldest indigenous Armenian instruments is the duduk, a woodwind instrument usually made from apricot wood, with a double reed mouthpiece." 
  4. ^ "Armenian duduk and other Armenian folk instruments". Dialogue among civilizations. Caucasus. UNESCO. June 2003. p. 32. Retrieved 16 March 2014. "Duduk is considered to be the most Armenian of all folk instruments for its Armenian origin and honest expression. It has a 1500 – year history and is native to Armenia although there are its variants played in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan." 
  5. ^ "Sounds of Armenian duduk". UNESCO. November 2012. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. "Duduk and its music were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008 (originally proclaimed in 2005). The duduk, or “dziranapogh” in Armenian, is a double-reed woodwind instrument made of apricot wood, conventionally called the “Armenian oboe”." 
  6. ^ "Duduk and its music". UNESCO. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Albright, Ch. (15 December 1988). "BĀLĀBĀN". Encyclopaedia Iranica. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Weekly Staff (12 September 2012). "‘Dudukner Ensemble’ to Play in Watertown". Armenian Weekly. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. "The duduk, known since antiquity as an “apricot pipe,” is a traditional woodwind instrument indigenous to Armenia." 
  9. ^ Gasparyan, Djivan (30 October 2004). "Կբացվի դուդուկահարների դպրոց [A school for duduk players to be opened]". Aravot (in Armenian). Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. "Ես ապացուցեցի, որ դուդուկի իսկական անունը ծիրանափող է, որի արմատները գալիս են Մուշից, Վանից, Գյումրիից, Էջմիածնից:
    translation: "I proved that the real name of duduk is tsiranapogh, whose roots come from Mush, Van, Gyumri and Ejmiatsin."
  10. ^ Hovhannisyan, Hasmik (10 July 2006). "Դուդուկ. գյուղական քեֆերից մինչեւ հոլիվուդյան ֆիլմեր [Duduk: From Village Parties to Hollywood Films]". Hetq Online. Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. "Վարկածներից մեկն ասում է, որ դուդուկն ի սկզբանե կոչվել է ծիրանափող եւ դուդուկ դարձել է ռուսների «թեթեւ ձեռքով», 1920-ական թվականներին, որոնք դժվարանում էին արտասանել այս բարդ անունը, եւ այն ձեւափոխեցին ռուսական «դուդկա» բառից:" 
  11. ^ "Բրոնզե ականջ պետք է ունենաս, որ չհուզվես". Azg Daily (in Armenian). 15 February 2013. "Միայն Հայաստանում է աճում այն ծիրանենին, որից երաժշտականՙ հոբոյին նման այս գործիքն են ստանում, եւ որը դարեր ի վեր հայերը ծիրանափող են անվանում: Ռուսներն այս բառը չեն կարողացել արտասանել, «դուդկա» անունն են տվել, այստեղից էլՙ դուդուկ ուրախ բառը:" 
  12. ^ "Дудук [Duduk]". (in Russian). Great Soviet Encyclopedia. 
  13. ^ "Дудук [Duduk]". (in Russian). Russian language dictionary in 4 volumes. Volume 1. 1999. 
  14. ^ Starostin, Sergei; Dybo, Vladimir; Mudrak, Oleg (2003). "*tū́ti". Etymological Dictionary of the Altaic Languages. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers. 
  15. ^ “дуда” in М. Фасмер (1986), Этимологический Словарь Русского Языка (Москва: Прогресс), 2-е изд. — Перевод с немецкого и дополнения О.Н. Трубачёва
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  18. ^ [1] Duduk Info at Ethnicinstruments.co.uk
  19. ^ Encyclopedia.com:DJIVAN GASPARYAN
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  22. ^ www.macedoniadirect.com/instruments/supelki.htm
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  24. ^ For a detailed description of the instrument (in Bulgarian), see http://www.bgjourney.com/Bit%20t%20Kultura/Old%20gloss/Old%20gloss%20Du.html
  25. ^ Gasparian article at imdb.com
  26. ^ Duduk article from composer Bear McCreary's Battlestar Galactica site
  27. ^ Harry Gregson-Williams Talks Narnia & Narnian Lullaby Clip
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  30. ^ Gladiator by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard
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