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The Taepyeongso, a double reed instrument with a conical wood body and cup-shaped metal bell, finds its antecedents in Chinese and Middle Eastern wind instruments. Introduced to Korea in the 14th century during the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), its piercing sound accompanied vernacular and court processional music.

Description: conical wood tube incised with 3 lines near each end, 7 fingerholes, 1 thumbhole, brass bell, narrow end covered by brass sleeve into which slips a brass staple composed of flat disc topped by stem for reed; hanging separately by a short chain attached to disc is another flat disc with a small hole in the center to fit over stem; a larger chain attaches staple to bell. (J. Kenneth Moore, 1981)

Taepyeongso, Wood, brass, cloth, Korean

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