Hungarian Heritage

Folk Arts and Crafts

Musical Instruments

Hungarian folk instruments, which are typically handmade, fall into three general categories. The most basic instruments are clappers, cans, and spoons. More sophisticated instruments—such as shepherd’s pipes, flutes, ocarinas, clarinets, and bagpipes—produce sound made by vibrations inside a hollow body. And finally, stringed instruments, representing a range of distinctive forms and sounds, include zithers, hammered dulcimers, lutes, hurdy-gurdies, fiddles, and tamburas.

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Tibor Gáts customizes traditional Hungarian zithers, combining authentic traditional methods with creative aesthetic workmanship. Photo courtesy of Tibor Gáts