serpent
(SUR-pent)


[Eng.] - [Fr.] - [Ger.]


An obsolete wind instrument invented at the end of the 16 century; it is made of wood and resembles a serpent. The instrument has a conical bore and finger holes along its length; it produced a harsh, rough tone. In modern ensembles the serpent is generally replaced by the tuba.

See also [Eng.] serpent; [Fr.] serpent (m); [Ger.] Serpent (m); [Ger.] Schlangenbass (m); [It.] serpentone (m).

 

Serpent

Serpent

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