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    Land of winds > Online > Resources | Issue 14 (Mar.-Apr.2013)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

The quena: its music and its performers

Anotaciones históricas sobre la quena
Written by Juan Bautista Varela de Vega in 1984, this article (featured in "Revista de Folklore", a magazine published by Fundación Joaquín Díaz, 4a (42), pp. 198-202) provides basic information about the quena and its historical and cultural context within Andean societies. The author mostly draws from the writings by Argentinean musicologist Carlos Vega as well as from contemporary sources such as Félix Coluccio or K. G. Izikowitz.

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
Among the valuable educational resources provided by the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art are the dossiers featuring some of the most representative musical instruments from Pre-Columbian times, one of them being a beautiful bone quena belonging to the Nasca culture. The dossier includes a sound sample and complementary information on the instrument dimensions.

Edgar Espinoza E.
This is the Peruvian quena player and teacher Edgar Espinoza's weblog, who has long worked in the field of this Andean aerophone. The site includes information on the instrument, its history and performance, plus a list of activities and latest news.

Quena Perú
This is the Peruvian quena player and teacher Omar Salgado's weblog, featuring information about the performance of the instrument, its techniques and repertoire. Moreover, Salgado shares with his readers a number of very interesting quena scores, plus audio and video files.

This is the French luthier and musician Bruno Morel's weblog, where he shows pictures of his collection of quenas and thoroughly explains their distinctive features. This site gives quena lovers the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and discover some of the secrets about and some recipes for making the instrument.

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