‘The lama was a clever performer’ - From the archive: May 1894


T. L. Phipson recounts an impromptu recital by a lama in a remote Mongolian village, on an instrument that, from its description, may have been a morin khuur

Although the violin was derived directly from the viola d’amore a good many years ago, it would appear from what follows that in the East people still make musical instruments that recall the ancient Indian productions. Let us now take a slight musical excursion into the deserts of Mongolia….

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