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Thesis Title: Renaissance Windcap Instruments
Degree Type: PhD
Degree Specialism: Musicology
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 1981
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Trinity College, Dublin
No. of Volumes (no. of pages): 1
Thesis Location / Link: TCD
Related Publications: 'The Crumhorn and Other Renaissance Windcap Instruments' (Buren: Frits Knuf, 1982). ISBN 90 6027 423 7 / 90 6027 424 5
Persons / Composers: Wier, Jorg; Praetorius, Michael
Genres / Musical Instruments: Crumhorn, Cornamusa, Windcap shawm, Schreyerpfeife, Hautbois de Poitou, Cleron Pastoral, Rauschpfeife, Doppioni, Kortholt, Dolzaina
Related Places: Germany, Italy, France, Low Countries
Time Frame: late 15th century - early 17th century
Key Issues / Concepts: Organology
Abstract: Renaissance windcap instruments, most notably the crumhorn, are examined in the light of the historical evidence - musical, documentary and iconographical and of surviving instruments, with a particular view to establishing when and where, and in what social and musical contexts they were used. The earliest evidence for the crumhorn is shown to come from north Italy in the late 15th century, but the instrument was most widely used throughout the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in German-speaking countries. Surviving crumhorns are listed and described, and the identities of other windcap instruments including the cornamusa, windcap shawms (Schreyerpfeifen), Rauschpfeifen, Kortholt, and Doppioni are examined.

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