Joint issue of Belarus and Azerbaijan

Newsletter # 13 (427) May 10, 2011
On May 25, 2011 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus will issue 2 stamps Wheel lyra and Tar from the series Joint issue of Belarus and Azerbaijan. Musical instruments.
Designer: Yevgeni Simonenko. Printing: offset. Colour: multicoloured. Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed. Perforation: comb 14: 141/4. Size of the stamps: 40x28 mm. Sheet composition: 8 (4 sets) stamps. Size of the sheet: 105x140 mm. Print quantity: 40.000 stamps each.
No. 874
Wheel lyra
Elements of protection
No. 875
Elements of protection
Letter H is equal to the surface tariff of a letter up to 20 gram abroad.
Historical reference: The wheel lyra is an ancient stringed folk instrument of Belarus. In olden times it was played by wandering musicians and blind balladeers.
When the musician is in sitting he holds the instrument on his knees, when standing — on a strap over his shoulder. With one hand he pushes the keys playing a melody, with the other hand he turns the protruding wheel which touches the strings creating the permanent accompaniment. The wheel lyra has a strong, sharp, somewhat nasal tone. Its quality is largely depends on the wheel — it must have a precise centering. 
The tar is a stringed pizzicato musical instrument widespread in Azerbaijan. This is one of the few national musical instruments for which they specially create musical works. While playing the musician holds the tar at the breast by his right hand in a horizontal position. With the same hand he plucks the strings by a plectrum. Technical and artistic capabilities of the tar are implemented through trills and different techniques of the plectrum strike.
Colour of the postmark — black.
Special postmark and FDC designed by Ye.Simonenko.
A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the Main Post Office of Minsk on the stamp issuing day.

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