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Definition and Description of the Gemshorn
Definition and description of the Gemshorn: The gemshorn was made of an ox or chamois horn. The Gemshorn receives its name from the the Dutch name of the male chamois, Gemsbok as it was historically made from the horn of the chamois, goat or other suitable animal. The hollow horn has tone holes down the front, like a recorder. 

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

Medieval Musical Instruments - Gemshorn
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Gemshorn, 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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