CHAPTER 5: Dulcimers in other countries since 1800 > Eastern Europe


There was a very early representation of a dulcimer in Poland (c.1450, stained glass), and Buchner also shows paintings of Polish cymbalkis from 1840, 1860 and 1912. The last of these is particularly interesting because it shows an instrument of the overall proportions and size as a Schunda pedal-cimbalom, but without the pedals, as mentioned in connection with Hungary.

The 1840 painting is of a Jewish wedding, and this forms an interesting correlation with accounts of Jews in other areas playing the dulcimer.

Josef Strunz mentioned, as these words were being written, that at home he had a recording of Polish dulcimer-playing: he promised to send a copy.