Musical Instruments on Stamps – Europa 2014 – Portugal
The Year 2014 theme for EUROPA stamps is Musical Instruments. Three stamps from Portugal, Madeira & Azores were issued on Musical Instruments on 09.05.2014.
The “Gaita-de-Foles” (Bagpipe), in the Miranda Plateau – northeast of mainland Portugal was until recently made by hand, using typical materials from local agro-pastoralism. It is regarded throughout Europe as a rare specimen of this type of aerophone, for having kept its medieval pattern and peculiar tuning precepts.
The “Brinquinho”, or “Bailhinho”, is a percussion instrument that became a hallmark of the Madeira Archipelago. Visually appealing, it is composed of cloth dolls (usually seven figures, both male and female), dressed in traditional clothing, bearing castanets and ribbons, arranged at the extremities of a rattle-like cane, in two or more circular series of unequal diameter
Azores – Viola
The viola must have reached the Azores inside the luggage of the first settlers coming from the Continent. Then, in the islands, it became a chordophone of distinctive features, called “Viola da Terra” (Viola from the homeland). It stands out for its metallic double strings, which give it a more pure sound, and for its vibrant timbre, sometimes making a melody sound like a cry.
Forthcoming Issue – Musicians of India – By India Post
i. Ravi Shankar Rs 25/-
ii. Bhimsen Joshi Rs 25/-
iii. D.K.Pattammal Rs 05/-
iv. Gangubai Hangal Rs 05/-
v. Kumar Gandharva Rs 05/-
vi. Vilayat Khan Rs 05/-
vii. Mallikarjun Mansur Rs 05/-
viii. Ali Akbar Khan Rs 05/-
There are 8 sheets of 45 stamps , toatl cost of all the sheets Rs 3600/-
There are 8 Sheet Let of 9stamps , total cost of all the Sheet Let Rs 720/-
There is one Miniature Sheet of 9 Stamps cost Rs 80/-
There is no mix Sheet Let. Total cost of one set without FDC & information sheet is 4400/-.
Europa’s 2014 for this years issue is based on Musical Instruments. A set of 4 stampshave been issued with the following values 45p, 55p, 60p, 80p.Issue Date: 25.03.2014 Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Values: 45p, 55p, 60p, 80p.
Europa 2014 – Musical Instruments Stamp from Liechtenstein
At yearly intervals the member states of the Association of European Postal Operators, PostEurop, all issue stamps on a common theme. In 2014 their focus is on musical instruments. For this year’s Europa stamp Philately Liechtenstein has chosen a historic “Drum” (face value CHF 1.40). In the background of this commemorative designed by Armin Hoop is the notation for a pattern of drum-strokes called the “Franzosen-Tagwacht”.
The landsknecht drum dating from around 1760 belonged to the Liechtenstein Guard and was made by an unknown master craftsman. It is now in the possession of the collections of the Prince of Liechtenstein; it was acquired by Prince Joseph Wenzel I of Liechtenstein (1696-1772). With its eye-catching brass body, at just under 45 cm high and bearing the arms of the Princely House, it stands out from the wooden drums customary at the time. On its elevation to Princely rank at the beginning of the 17th century the Liechtenstein Family acquired among other things the right to establish an armed guard. In the 18th century this Guard, following the fashion of the age, was transformed into a grenadier company with an establishment in 1773 of sixty men, one sergeant, two corporals and one drummer. When Prince Johannes I acceded to the throne in 1805 he disbanded the grenadier company for reasons of cost, retaining only a few mounted guardsmen.
Drums made in the landsknecht tradition were used for military purposes for centuries. They were an indispensable tool for the army’s daily routine. The drummers’ task was to give signals by means of different drum-strokes and to mark the marching rhythm with their thudding sound. Countless commands – from muster through the routine daily activities to advance and retreat – were communicated by the drummers. They also set the pace for marches. This varied between 88 and 132 paces per minute.