The Pinpeat Orchestra of Cambodia

The pinpeat (ពិណពាទ្យ) orchestra or musical ensemble performs the ceremonial music of the royal courts and temples of Cambodia. The orchestra consists of approximately nine or ten instruments, mainly wind and percussion (including several varieties of xylophone and drums). It accompanies court dances, masked plays, shadow plays, and religious ceremonies. It is very similar to the piphat (ปี่พาทย์) ensemble of Thailand, which will feature in an … Continue reading The Pinpeat Orchestra of Cambodia

The Langeleik, or Norwegian Zither

Sometimes, it is difficult to find information about the items, places or even people pictured on postage stamps. I’m fairly good at finding enough material to expand even the skimpiest of topics but I actually had to reject several possibilities today for there being far too little information available for today’s “random stamp”. I had wanted to use a different stamp in Norway’s 1978 musical … Continue reading The Langeleik, or Norwegian Zither