‘Hiru Txulo: Donostia eta txistu’: “Isidro saw txistu as a service”

Jose Ignazio Ansorena and Eneko Goia at the presentation of the book ‘Hiru Txulo: Donostia eta txistu’. / Usoz

The book ‘Hiru Txulo: Donostia eta txistua’ written by Aritz Gorrotxategi was presented this morning in San Sebastián

Jon Agirre

Aritz Gorrotxategi summarizes the relationship between the city of San Sebastián and the txistu as a starting point for the two events of 1922 in his book ‘Hiru Txulo: Donostia eta txistua’. Txistulari Group Directors.

One hundred years ago, Isidro Ansorena became the director of the Txistulari Group of San Sebastián City Council, and his first session was held on January 20, the day of the city’s patron saint. His grandson, Jose Ignazio Ansorena, wanted to highlight the work he has done over the years, including the strengthening of the txistulari association.

The title is a parallelism sought by Gorrotxategi. On the one hand, the city of Hiru Txulo has been “a way to call it love, a name for the home” – as Ansorena reminds us, it is sung in the way it is in San Sebastián; and, on the other hand, the whistle also has three holes. The book itself also has three sections to round out the metaphor.

The book also has three sections

In the first one, the trajectory and context of the whistle are recorded in great detail, thanks to the documentation provided by Ansor himself to Gorrotxategi, as determined by Mujika. “It’s not a flute, it’s a pair of instruments that no one invented in the Middle Ages.” With only three holes, the flute could be played with one hand, leaving the other free to “play with it.” According to Ansorena, this was an “explosion of modernity”, although today we tend to associate the whistle with old accounts. This invention led to its rapid spread throughout Europe, albeit in “different places”.

For example, in ours. “He had deep roots in the Basque Country and has been very much loved. XVIII. At the end of the century, the enlightened take the tool and adapt it to their own way. ” At the time, when he found the “right place” in San Sebastián, he argued that Ansorena had created the txistu, a “Basque variant of the universal tambourine” or at least its reality, as the name itself goes back to the twentieth century. end of the century. ‘ According to the director of the Txistulari Group, “Guridi, Solozabal, Bastida, Ondarro …” and “today we are living in a renaissance”.

‘Hiru Txulo: Donostia eta txistu’

The second part of the book ‘Hiru Txulo: Donostia eta txistu’ contains a biography of Isidro Ansorena, as highlighted in the presentation of the “important symbol and actor” in the evolution of the txistu. “It’s the story of a humble person, and the humblest are the greatest,” said Ansorena, adding that what they say gives them “a chance to learn a lot and think a lot.”

The third and final section describes the relationship between the txistulari association and the city of San Sebastián. As an advance, Ansorena said that the Civil War had completely disrupted the association’s activities and that they had been able to recover thanks to the Club Vasco de Camping. The reader will find many more like this.


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