Quena

A traditional front blown Incan flute. Noticed the notched mouthpiece, it is similar to the Japanese flute. Is there a connection? Some scientists wonder. In Peru it was once banned by the Spanish government. They said it inspired indecent emotions among the natives. It does have an intense and fiery sound. There is a legend of an Incan princess named Ollantay. She fell in love with a commoner and, forbidden to marry him, she died of unhappiness. Her lover, visiting her grave, hears a haunting whistling sound coming from the wind. This gives him the idea of creating a bone flute whose sound will remind him of his lost love. Some of mankind's earliest flutes were made of bone and used to call spirits from the other world. Even today in our fast paced modern world, music still has the power to lift one's spirit.

Sound of the Quena

Music performed by Brad White.
Available on CD from his shop at PanFlute.Net