Santir


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Santir

 

a stringed percussion instrument akin to the dulcimer. It is widespread in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Turkey, and other countries of the East.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Young Leander, santir player and merchant, with a stream of humanity, flees the advancing victorious hordes of Turkish conquerors to return to Belgrade and then flees again farther to the north, then returns to Belgrade, builds his tower and foresees the city's imminent destruction just prior to his death.
Indeed, the traditional yangqin's shape, diatonic tuning, and long hammers held between thumb and index finger suggest a provenance from the hammered dulcimers of Europe, rather than the Persian santir. As hammered dulcimer historian Paul Gifford notes, performers of the yangqin make up what is certainly the world's most vibrant hammered dulcimer scene.