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A popular Medieval and Renaissance instrument in use from the 12th to the 17th century. The shawm preceded the modern oboe, but has a wider conical borebell, and finger holes. Made out of wood, often maple, it has a double reed and a particularly loud, rough, nasal tone. Shawms were made in seven sizes and were typically used in civil ceremonies and in bands.

See Also

[French] chalumeau (m)
[French] pipeau (m)
[German] Schalmei (f)
[German] Hirtenpfeife (f)
[Italian] cennamella (f)
[Italian] ciaramella (f)


Last Updated: 2016-06-11 23:24:33