Sifflet globulaire
Claude Laniesse
fin 20ème S.    

Whistle: this word evokes at once the whistle of the referee or the police man.

The clay whistle is far from being a simple instrument. Is it about a flute or a whistle? Making a difference between the two terms is often difficult.

The clay made it possible to manufacture multiple musical instruments in the whole world. Cousins of the whistle: the ocarinas, the Chinese xuns or the South American flutes lend themselves well to the nostalgic melodies.

Apart from the globular whistle, the clay whistles comprises several other musical types often badly identified. The water whistle enchants all the children while the strident sound of the tubular whistles accompanies the hullabaloos.

The clay whistles are certainely not so simple instruments as we can think today.