Medieval Music, Serpent

The serpent was probably invented in 1590 by Edme Guillaume, a canon at Auxerre.

It was used in sacred music to reinforce low men's voices. When well played, it blends with voices and gives a depth to the choral sound.

During the next two hundred years after its invention, it was used as a military band instrument and later evolved into the ophecleide and tuba






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