From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Two sralai instruments. At left the srali thom (thom means big). At right the srali touch or toch (touch means small).

The sralai (Khmer: ស្រឡៃ) is a Cambodian wind instrument that uses a quadruple reed to produce sound.[1] The instrument is used in the pinpeat orchestra, where it is the only wind instrument.[1] The set of quadruple reeds are made of palm leaf.[1] The bore of the instrument is not evenly bored, but "slightly conical."[1][2][3] Its cousin, the Western oboe, has a double reed and a conical bore. The pinpeat instruments tune to the sralai's pitch, and the player must learn circular breathing to play continuously without stopping for breath.[1] The sralai is very similar in construction and playing technique to the Thai pi.


  1. ^ a b c d e Sam, Sam-Ang. "Sralai "oboe"". Retrieved 17 November 2018. ...wind instrument in the Pinn Peat ensemble. Its quadruple reed is made of palm leaf, and its body has a slightly conical bore...
  2. ^ Katherine Brisbane, Ravi Chaturvedi, Ramendu Majumdar, Chua Soo Pong, and Minoru Tanokura; eds. (2005). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Volume 5: Asia/Pacific, unpaginated. Routledge. ISBN 9781134929771.
  3. ^ André de Quadros; ed. (2000). Many seeds, different flowers: the music education legacy of Carl Orff, p.43. "Four little tongues (reeds) of dried palm leaf are fastened to a brass tube with thread, and the reeds are placed completely in the mouth, with the tongue place under the reeds to control the opening." CIRCME. ISBN 9781740520010.

See also[edit]

  • Shehnai quadrupal-reed instrument used throughout the Indian subcontinent

External links[edit]