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Jeremy West Introduces the Cornett



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so this is the Renaissance cornet

Giovanni Gabriele he would have been

very familiar with bats and marks in

Venice we usually write it these days

with two T's just to differentiate it

from the brass band instrument which

obviously is very very different it

predates the invention of the valve or

the piston by several hundred years

actually it's fingered with a fingering

system very akin to that of the recorder

or flute with six fingers in six finger

holes in this case and a thumb hole it's

made of wood and it's covered you can

see the wood at the end of it it's

covered in leather and the reason for

that is that it's actually made in two

halves which are glued together and the

leather helps to keep that seam good for

a long time hopefully when the animal

glues that they had available in the in

those days we're not quite so reliable

as the glues we have today

bellowing the instruments actually done

on a mouthpiece very akin to that of the

trumpet although a lot smaller so that's

my mouthpiece as you can see very tiny

mouthpiece but the technique of blowing

it is the same as blowing a trumpet or a

trombone so you have an embouchure for a

brass instrument fingering system of

over of a wind instrument a hybrid

therefore between the two making an

instrument that at the time was the most

popular wind instrument of its kind on

the count of the fact that it could play

high and low and fast and slowly and in

the opinions of those who listened at

the time it came closer in sound to that

of the human voice than any one other

instrument and that was the ultimate

yardstick that was the top prize if you

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