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J-shaped, double-reed musical instrument used throughout Europe from the 15th cent. through the 17th cent. It possesses a soft, reedy tone. The reed is enclosed by a wooden cap with a hole at the top through which the player blows. The cap serves as a wind chamber, which causes the reed to vibrate. The crumhorn is one of the ancestors of the oboeoboe
[Ital., from Fr. hautbois] or hautboy
, woodwind instrument of conical bore, its mouthpiece having a double reed. The instruments possessing these general characteristics may be referred to as the oboe family, which includes the English horn, the bassoon,
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The stimulating old days of my first Renaissance band (`How about gar klein recorder, alto crumhorn, sackbut and rackett?') are over, or should be, but they have never been replaced with anything very coherent.
Their instruments include not just violins, cornets, and harps - but also sackbuts, crumhorns, cornamuses and shawms.
What makes it so winning, though, is that it is accomplished with such an absence of selfconsciousness than when an electric guitar with chorus pedal is dropped into the 16th century Boar's Head Carol you are struck by what a wonderful sound it makes wit h the crumhorns, rather than any incongruity.
They will bring with them an array of instruments including crumhorns, sackbuts and shawms.
That evening the York Waits, armed with a panoply of shawms, sackbuts, cornetts, crumhorns, hurdy-gurdies and bagpipes, join forces with the Orlando Consort, whose recording of Dunstaple's motets was a Gramophone Award winner, to illustrate the contrasti ng secular and religious sides of music contemporary with the early 15th century knight Richard Beauchamp.
Val Brodie, director of the Early Music Consort for the county's music service, said: "The festival of early music brings together groups who specialise in playing music and instruments such as crumhorns, viols, cornamuse, violin and sackbut."