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MORIN HUUR ("Horse-head Fiddle") 

 

Two strings and so many sounds! The morin huur, or the Mongolian “horse-head fiddle,” figures prominently in the music of Anda Union. In the piece  "Galloping Horses", the musicians playing this instrument showcase its energetic, rhythmic quality and its capacity to imitate horse sounds. At the same time, the morin huur is known for its ability to express mournful feelings of longing and loss, which is not surprising if you consider some of the origin stories of this amazing instrument— common lore recounts how a boy made the first morin huur from the remains of his beloved, unjustly slain horse. - Jay Loomis, Ethnomusicologist

 

 

 

ANDA UNION - "Galloping Horses"