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Definition and Description of the Cornett
Definition and description of the Cornett: The Cornett can be described as an early woodwind instrument taking the form of a long tube made of ivory, wood or other materials. It has woodwind-style finger holes. The cornett was of a family of instruments which came in different sizes. The high cornettino, the cornett (or curved cornett), the tenor cornett (or lizard) and the bass cornett. Not to be confused with the modern day cornet.

Family of Instruments: The Cornett belongs to the family of Woodwind instruments.

Medieval Musical Instruments - Cornett
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Cornett, would be used by the musicians of the period including the Waits, Minstrels or Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume, not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments (literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were suitable for outdoors which included the shawm, sackbut, pipe and tabor.

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