Guide to the Gemshorn

A photo of the gemshorn

The gemshorn is a wind instrument that is made out of the chamois, or goat’s horn. Its name basically means ‘chamois horn’ in German. Initially, the gemshorn was used during the medieval era. The evidence for its use is sparse and scattered, mainly from the late middle age, renaissance, and baroque period. … Read more

Guide to the Cornet

A photo of the cornet

The cornet is the smallest brass instrument that is a close relative of the trumpet. It is an instrument derived from the post horn, a valveless cylindrical instrument that has a cupped mouth. By the 1830s, Parisians instrument makers have started using a piston valve. Subsequently, cornets appeared in the 19th century … Read more