Alto Cornamuse in F, made of pear wood (Reconstruction by Dominik Bauer, Saarbrücken)
The cornamuse is a double reed instrument dating from the Renaissance period. It is similar in many ways to the crumhorn and rauschpfeife, in having a windcap over the reed; unlike those instruments, the bell of the cornamuse is closed, resulting in a much quieter sound. In Syntagnum Musicum, Michael Praetorius described their sound as "quite similar to crumhorns, but quieter, lovelier, and very soft." However, there are no extant cornamusen from the period, and so all modern reproductions are based on the description of Praetorius.
The name is not to be confused with cornemuse, which is the French word for bagpipes.
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