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crumhorn

/ˈkrʌmˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
a medieval woodwind instrument of bass pitch, consisting of an almost cylindrical tube curving upwards and blown through a double reed covered by a pierced cap
Word Origin
C17 cromorne, krumhorn, from German Krummhorn curved horn

krummhorn

/ˈkrʌmˌhɔːn/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of crumhorn
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Word Origin and History for krummhorn
krummhorn
"curved wind instrument," 1864, from Ger., lit. "crooked horn," from krumm "curved, crooked."
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Encyclopedia Article for krummhorn

crumhorn

(from Middle English crump: "crooked"), double-reed wind instrument that flourished between the 15th century and about 1650. It consists of a small boxwood pipe of cylindrical bore, curved upward at the lower end and pierced with finger holes like those of a recorder. Its reed is enclosed in a wooden cap with a blowing orifice in the top. The tone is reedy and nasal. Crumhorns were built in families, from great bass to sopranino, each instrument having a compass of a ninth. Their manufacture was resumed in the 20th century.

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