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Pan Pipes and Pan Flute Music

Updated on August 8, 2015

Mystical and Haunting melodies of the Pan Pipes

The ever-growing popular pan pipes shows that music leads the way in joining people from different cultures in unison. From Irish pubs to the mountains of Mourne the special delicate melodies of pan pipes is appreciated the world over

The Pan pipes are a very simple instrument consisting of a five or more pipes of increasing length bound together and which you blow down upon whilst moving the pipes back and forth. Perhaps it is this simplicity which makes them so relaxing and calming.

The Greek god PAN was the god of shepherds, wild creatures of the mountains and other wild places and kept the company of nymphs. The fact that Pan played pan pipes and hence the name, and lived in naturalist simplicity is somewhat symbolic of the very essence of the pan pipes. They are not a complicated instrument and yet the combination and structure of sounds can construct images and invoke strong emotions. In this regard simple is strong.

Have you ever tapped a tune on a table, dishes and bottles or blown into a part empty bottle and noticed how the sound changes as the level goes down.

Yes, this is music started. Stone Age man taping or banging one surface against another making a percussion sound or blowing down a hollow twig or piece of bone, making the first wind instruments. Music has moved on leaps and bounds since then but the basic human desire to make a recognizable sequence of sounds and be able to repeat that sequence remains with us

We all have our own musical preference and these preferences change according to the activity we are engaged in, our age or other personal circumstances. There is however an almost universal appreciation of music in one form or another and this lens celebrates the popularity of pan pipes and pan flute music.

Please take a look at the Beer Bottle Symphony Orchestra video which is not only amusing but shows how tapping and blowing can be brought together with interesting results.

Beer Bottle Symphony Orchestra

The Beer Bottle Symphony Orchestra video is just a bit of fun, but it does show how air blown down a tube creates different sounds according to the depth of liquid in the bottle. Pan pipes work along the same principle, but instead of bottles containing different levels of liquid the pan pipes are cut to different lengths. By sequentially placing the pipes from shortest to longest the flutist can create a scale of notes.

Celtic Music of Ireland and Scotland

Cultural links between the generations through Music

When you think of Celtic music images of Ireland and Scotland come to mind, and there is almost a mystical element to this particular type of folk sound. Pan pipes are not unique to Celtic music, but the haunting (far away - misty field's image) lends itself firmly in the family of Celtic music.

This image was selected as picture of the day on the English Wikipedia for October 6, 2005.

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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Celtic Pan Pipes - One of Many wonderful CDs by Inishkea

Format: CD

Label: Sunflower Records


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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Celtic Pan Pipes
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Celtic Pan Pipes

1. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

2. Riverdance

3. The Rose of Tralee

4. Maggie

5. I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen

6. A Bunch of Thyme

7. Carrickfergus

8. The Fields of Athenrey

9. Mountains of Mourne

10. When You Were Sweet Sixteen

11. Shepherd Moons

12. Pal of My Cradle Days

13. Have I Told You Lately

14. Whiskey in The Jar

15. Molly Malone

16. Londonderry Air, Danny Boy


Celtic Pan-Flute

Mountain Sunrise - Explore Nature with Music

Mountain Sunrise - Explore Nature with Music
Mountain Sunrise - Explore Nature with Music

Mountain Sunrise: Peaceful Pan Flutes - A Calming composition to promote relaxation

Mountain Sunrise: Peaceful Pan Flutes
Mountain Sunrise: Peaceful Pan Flutes

Dan Gibson was a wilderness and wildlife man who incorporated his love of nature into his music. Sadly Dan passed away in 2006, but in the same enduring beauty of nature his work still continues and is appreciated World Wide. He created a wonderful collection of instrumental compositions and was never afraid to explore different styles and themes and his Solitudes collection includes New age and Celtic, but one constant theme in the beauty of nature and natures sounds.


Dan Gibson - A Selection of Tracks

Dan Gibson Solitudes collection - Music to aid Relaxation and inner calm

Imagine - Pan Pipes Flute - John Lennon

Pan Pipe Dreams by Gheorghe Zamfir

Pan Pipe Dreams by Gheorghe Zamfir
Pan Pipe Dreams by Gheorghe Zamfir

Pan Pipe Dreams - Gheorghe Zamfir Master of the Pan Flute

Pan Pipe Dreams -  Gheorghe Zamfir
Pan Pipe Dreams - Gheorghe Zamfir

Gheorghe Zamfir is known as The Master of the Pan Flute, and this wonderful collection is just one example of his unique style. Gheorghe Zamfir plays the traditional Romanian-style pan flute


Gheorghe Zamfir - The Master of the Pan Flute

Harp and Panpipes - Strings and Panpipes in a Marriage of Love and Harmony

Harpe & Flûte de Pan (Harp & Panpipes)
Harpe & Flûte de Pan (Harp & Panpipes)

A wonderful match of two soothing instruments to drift and dream to, escaping the cares of the world in a magnificent merge of Pipes and strings


Panpipes from Bolivia Peru and Ecuador

Panpipes From Bolivia Peru and Ecuador
Panpipes From Bolivia Peru and Ecuador

The popularity of pan pipes is truly International as reflected by this CD


Celtic Jewels - The Emerald Pan Pipe Players

Celtic Jewels
Celtic Jewels

1. Riverdance - Emerald Pan Pipe Players

2. Eileen Oge - Canticle

3. Bard of Armagh - Dreide O'Callaghan

4. Molly Maguires - The Freemen

5. She Moved Through the Fair - Cathie Harrop

6. Danny Boy - Leo McCaffrey

7. Mason's Apron - Blarney Folk

8. Star of the County Down - Canticle

9. Pretty Girl Milking - Deidre O'Callaghan

10. My Lagan Love - The Freemen

11. Molly Malone - Canticle

12. Coolin - Leprachauns

13. Mountain of Mourne - Leo McCaffrey

14. Rattlin' Bog - Blarney Folk


What do you think? - Is it hype or is there a real calming effect?

Do you think the sound of Pan pipes is relaxing?

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EM Winston CF15 15-Hole Concert Series Pan Flute

They have outstanding intonation and a clear, dark tone

The pipes are mounted in a curved frame with individual channels, assuring stability, accurate placement, and precise control.

This 15-hole model plays two full octaves, moving diatonically from G to G.

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    • Glenn McCarthy profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn McCarthy 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for your support and comments

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      6 years ago

      I have a Cd well in fact more than one with the flute featured in the music tracks and the panpipes I like the deep sounding ones in particular like the Japanese one you know the one they often use in Films.

    • Glenn McCarthy profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn McCarthy 

      6 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thank you so much for your support and comments truly appreciated

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      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      Lovely music and a lovely lens!

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      6 years ago

      beautiful music. Thanks!

    • lexxsweet profile image


      6 years ago

      I want to learn to play a panpipe so badly. This was a fun!

    • Cinnamonbite profile image


      7 years ago

      Well, my boy just made pan pipes last night with some bamboo out of the yard. I can't say it's relaxing as the child, "composes,"...LOL

    • Yourpersonalcon profile image


      7 years ago

      Lovely music lens - well chosen collection of music

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      7 years ago

      Lovely music lens - well chosen collection of music

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      7 years ago

      Good music lens with lots of example. Love the magical sound of pan pipes. I think I get the reason you wanted to write this lens. I love flute music. Well done.

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      The Beer Bottle people are too cool.

    • Valdacious profile image


      7 years ago

      Interesting lens - it is the first time I have heard of beer bottle pipes :)

    • ColorPetGifts profile image


      7 years ago

      That's pretty cool- love the beer bottle pipes -:)

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      8 years ago

      What a great lens -- I particularly enjoyed the videos.

    • rwoman profile image


      8 years ago

      I love them when I'm in the mood but not all the time.

    • Glenn McCarthy profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn McCarthy 

      8 years ago

      Wow thank you. From a Giant Squid like yourself double Wow

      Than you

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      8 years ago

      I love panpipes, especially when they are playing something suitably Celtic or similar! Great lens

    • Glenn McCarthy profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn McCarthy 

      8 years ago

      @hlkljgk: Thank you so much for you kind comments, coming from somebody who makes excellent lens themselves I really appreciate your comment.

      Thanks again

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      8 years ago from Western Mass

      i truly love peruvian pan pipe music. beautiful lens.

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      9 years ago

      have you heard of raul and the panflutes. there music is amazing. they once did a cover of we will rock you and over the rainbow which was fascinating to listen to.

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      11 years ago

      I love the haunting sound of the pan pipes... especially when played by Zamphir.


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