The Shawm ~ Bassoon’s Grandaddy

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Double reed players: imagine holding the entire double reed INSIDE your mouth!  That was the Medieval shawm….apparently a Bagdad-ian invention in the reign of Calif Harum-al-Rashid (763 – 807). Possibly it was uncomfortable (!?) because by the time of the Rennaissance the double reed had migrated OUTSIDE the mouth and was fully controlled by the lips.  This Iowa State site includes some interesting sound bites:  music.iastate.edu/antigua/renshawm/htm. 29/2/2106

Medieval Shawm Double Reed:MEDIEVAL SHAWM DOUBLE REED

 

 

 

 

 

 

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