Istrian Traditional Instruments: “Rozenice, sopele, mih”
“Z armoniku v Rocu” is the name of the unique, traditional festival held every year on the second Sunday of May.
Violin or viol; also named: viulin, mala gigla – in Croatian; violin, viulin, picio zighisun – in Italian; skant, zinglic – in Slovenian. The violin became increasingly popular in the 19th century but it was already present in Istria in the 17th century.
Small double bass or bajs; also named: bajs – in Croatian, Slovenian; bajsadur, velika gigla – in Croatian; bassetto, leron, grando zighisun – in Italian. Similar type of this instrument can be found in Austria, Bohemia, Poland, Slovakia, Carnia and Slovenia.
During your stay in Istria it is likely that you will hear the sound of “rozenice”.