"PKU" is a abbreviation for "Peking University, China""


The "pku", alternatively spelled "pzuk", is an Armenian musical instrument, similar to a clarinet. It has been called the national instrument of Armenia. The "pku" is a single-reed aerophone with seven holes and a one octave range with the open cone of a bull horn at one end.

The pku is an ancient musical instrument, originating from the 5th century. Today a few types of the instrument are known in Armenia, which are the timbre supplementation of each other and have rather high diapason.The instrument consists of a pipe and a reed. A horn prepared from a cow’s horn is fixed to the lower part of the pipe. The reed is prepared from ebonite and a cane mouthpiece. The mouthpiece can produce shrill or soft sounds. The instrument can be prepared in different keys - in C, A, D, F, B, etc.


*cite web|url=|title=Pku|accessdate=February 20|accessyear=2008|work=Instruments|publisher=Hayren Ensemble
*cite journal|accessdate=February 20|accessyear=2008|title=Record Reviews|first=Wouter|last=Swets|journal=Ethnomusicology|volume=17|issue=3|month=September|year=1973|url=|pages=573–576

External links

* [ Karen Hakobyan, the master who prepares this instrument]
* [ Armenian national music band, people who play wind instruments]

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