trumpet marine

trumpet marine

noun
an obsolete musical instrument having a long, wooden, pyramid-shaped body, characteristically with one string that is touched with the finger to produce harmonics and is bowed between the touching finger and the upper end.


Origin:
1665–75

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trumpet marine

stringed musical instrument of medieval and Renaissance Europe, highly popular in the 15th century and surviving into the 18th century. It had a long narrow body and one or two strings, which the player's left thumb touched lightly to produce the notes of the harmonic series, as on a natural trumpet. The strings, originally plucked, were by the 15th century sounded by a bow played between the fingering and the tuning pegs.

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