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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