Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Shawm


The shawm is an early version of the oboe and bassoon. It's a double reed instrument that comes in a large variety of sizes. It has a shrill piercing sound that is appropriate for outdoor use. Many instruments that resemble the shawm are still being used throughout the world.


Shawms make frequent appearances in recordings of early music. They are usually pretty easy to identify, if you are acquainted with their distinctive sound.


If you are not yet familiar with this instrument, you may enjoy the following links, where you can view pictures and hear audio examples: The Renaissance Shawm
and The Medieval Shawm.


Other Double Reed Links
Shawm
Dulcian
Crumhorn
Cornamuse
Aulos
Bagpipe
Zurna
Tromboon (Babone)
Oboe
Bassoon
English Horn
Heckelphone
Sarrusaphone

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