Medieval Music, Dulcian

One of the most significant innovations in sixteenth century woodwind instrument building was the development of the double bore principle. Two parallel holes drilled in the same piece of wood and connected at one end by a U-curve allowed an instrument to sound twice as low for its apparent length as one with a single bore.

Little is known about where the earliest development took place, although some evidence points to Italy. The name dulcian (also dulzian, dolcan) is from the Latin dulcis (sweet).





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