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Bilgoray suka

An instrument reconstructed on the base of Wojciech Gerson'€s, watercolour from 1895. A box carved out of one piece of cherry wood. It has a shape similar to violin. It has 4 strings.Post Second World War field research enabled to specify the technique used for playing suka- the fingernail technique where the strings are stopped not by pressure but by a side touch of the nail. This technique- as typical of Polish instrumentalists-had been described in the 16th C. by the German theoretician martin Agricola. The fingernail technique of playing was suka's originality among Polish folk chordophones, but at the same time it became an obstacle insurmountable for musicians. The first copies of the reconstructed instrument found their place in museums. Rebirth of the forgotten tradition became possible only when along with the musical reconstruction of Bilgoray Suka the rich experience of Maria Pomianowska with non-European string instruments such as sarangi, morin-chur etc. was used.