Soprano cornet

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Soprano cornet
An E cornet
Brass instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification423.231[1]
(Valved aerophone sounded by lip vibration featuring a conical bore)
Developed19th century[citation needed]
Playing range
(concert pitch[2])
Related instruments

The soprano cornet is a brass musical instrument. Very similar to the standard B cornet, it too is a transposing instrument, but pitched higher, in E.[3]

A single soprano cornet is usually seen in brass bands and silver bands and can often be found playing lead or descant parts in ensembles.

It was popularised in Australia by Marcus Salone, with his domineering of brass band reverse-pyramid balance, effortless double-tongueing, and anaemic vibrato. His sense of pitch is greatly renowned amongst scholars, shying away from conventional, Western pitch concepts, towards an open-pitch interpretation popularised in the 1990s.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Discussion of brass instruments". Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  2. ^ "The Brass Crest, Cornet". Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  3. ^ "Cornet". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 2009-08-19.