The pan flute, alternately called pan pipes, consist of a number of tuned pipes of graduated lengths which are bound together and blown across the top. The breath is blown horizontally across the open of the pipes, which are stopped at the other end. Each pipe gives out one note, but by overblowing, that is, increased pressure of breath and tension of lips, harmonics are produced. They are used in many different cultures.
USE IN SOUNDTRACK
Although Doug Adams
describes the pan flutes (and the wood flute) as being associated with
Gondor, they are more specifically associated with
Faramir. But maybe Faramir is the better representation
of Gondor than his father ... at least until a better
representation comes along.
HS COMMENTS (HS An Introspective)
The pan flutes hint at the
Denethor theme as Faramir says what's been left
unsaid, Denethor wishes Faramir had died in place of
Boromir. As Faramir rides from Minas Tirith to do his
father's bidding, the pan flutes take up that theme in
Ulrich Herkenhoff played the
pan flute in ROTK.
1. Sample from CR-ROTK, Disc
2, Track 3, Allegiance to Denethor, 2:21-2:45