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Tenor Cornetto in D

Date:
17th century
Geography:
France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Wood, leather, metal
Dimensions:
Length 94.1 cm w/o mouthpiece, Diameter of bell: octagonal OD +/-6.4 cm, Thickness +/- 0.280 in. measured 4 cm inside bell, Reinforcing ring around octagonal socket for +/- 12.5 cm from bell; then circular to socket.
Classification:
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-trumpet / trombone
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2090
Not on view
An S-shape tenor cornetto with a thumb hole and an open C-key. Made of two wooden halves with leather wrapping. The horn ring and mouthpiece are not original.

Although we usually think of horns as being made of brass, the oldest and simplest of these instruments were commonly made of animal horn. The conical shape of animal horns used as signal or ritual instruments was retained in more sophisticated horns of metal and wood. The term "cornetto" comes from the Latin, "cornu" (horn), while "shofar" is related to the Sumerian name for a male goat of ibex. The falconer's horn and shofar produce only a few pitches, while the fingerholes of the bukkehorn and cornetto allow melodic playing.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
"The Brass Instrument Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York." Historic Brass Society Journal (1999), vol. 11, pg. 115,116,, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 284, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 166, 165+, ill.



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