Some Traditional Latvian Musical Instruments


The kokle is a type of zither (or psaltery). The photograph below shows a kokle of the type made in western Latvia (the province of Kurzeme):

Want to see a photograph of a kokle ensemble (i.e. a group of people in folk costume who play kokles of different sizes)? If so, click here!


The stabule is a whistle, usually made from wood, or a reed. The photograph below shows a wooden stabule.


The trejdeksnis is a percussion instrument, something like a metal rattle. It is held in the hand and shaken up and down.

Links to sites about Latvian Music:

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Last revised September 19, 2008