The Contrabassoon – Woodwind Instruments

In Austria and Germany, records of the contrabassoon’s precursors exist as early as 1590. At this time, the increasing popularity of doubling the bass line resulted in the development of lower-pitched dulcians. Octavebass, quintfaggot, and quartfaggot are some...
5 Big Misconceptions About Composing Music

5 Big Misconceptions About Composing Music

So you’re a composer, huh? What’s your real job? You must be really good with classical music… Are you sick of hearing this? Me too. Proper composing requires hard work, time, and commitment. Early in your composing practice, especially when facing obstacles and...

Melodica

The melodica, like the pump organ and harmonica, is a free-reed instrument. Performers blow air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole on the side of the instrument. A musical keyboard lies on top. Pressing a key opens a hole, and enables air to flow through the...

Chimes

A set of chimes is a pitched percussion idiophone instrument consisting of 22 or fewer cast bronze bells, similar to a carillon (from medieval Latin Cymbala, meaning “bells”). They range from two to twenty bells. Although the Voorslag (automatic clock...