Question - What does the serpent instrument sound like?

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It is blown with a cup shaped mouthpiece which is very similar to that of a trombone or Euphonium/Baritone. Played softly, it has a firm yet mellow tone color, or timbre. At medium volume, it produces a robust sound which seems to be a cross between the tuba, the bassoon, and the French horn. Originally, the Serpent was held vertically (mouthpiece end up and bell end down), but by the late 1700s the fashion was to hold it more towards the horizontal (mouthpiece end to player's left, bell end towards his right). The Serpent is easiest to play in tune when played gently. Contrabassoon - Sound characteristics. Dark, sonorous, full, resonant, heavy, grave, mighty, substantial, somber, rumbling, buzzing, rough, acerbic, husky. The contrabassoon is used to suggest solemn, weighty and somber moods as well as emotive and stately ones. The serpent is a wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes. Though made of wood (and bound in leather), because the sound is created by vibrating the lips in the mouthpiece, as with the trumpet, the serpent is classed as part of the brass family. The 'serpent' derives its name from its S-shaped tube. The instrument is claimed to have been invented by Canon Edmé Guillaume in 1590 in Auxerre, France, and was first used to strengthen the sound of choirs in plainchant.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_(symbolism)

Historically, serpents and snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. The ouroboros is a symbol of eternity and continual renewal of life.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpents_in_the_Bible

The serpent was a symbol of evil power and chaos from the underworld as well as a symbol of fertility, life and healing.??? Nā? āš, Hebrew for "snake", is also associated with divination, including the verb form meaning "to practice divination or fortune-telling".

https://blog.oup.com/2016/05/ten-facts-about-the-sousaphone/

The sousaphone is named after John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), who had early sousaphones made according to his specifications in the late nineteenth century. Both the J. W. Although primarily designed as a marching band instrument, the sousaphone also made a popular entry into jazz music in the 1920s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rackett

The rackett, cervelas, or Sausage Bassoon is a Renaissance-era double reed wind instrument, introduced late in the sixteenth century and already superseded by bassoons at the end of the seventeenth century. There are four sizes of rackett, in a family ranging from descant (soprano), tenor-alto, bass to great bass.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shawm

The shawm's conical bore and flaring bell, combined with the style of playing dictated by the use of a pirouette, gives the instrument a piercing, trumpet-like sound, well-suited for outdoor performances.

https://www.britannica.com/art/musical-performance/The-Middle-Ages

Instruments, such as the vielle, harp, psaltery, flute, shawm, bagpipe, and drums were all used during the Middle Ages to accompany dances and singing. Trumpets and horns were used by nobility, and organs, both portative (movable) and positive (stationary), appeared in the larger churches.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octobass

Octobass Photo of an Octobass at Musée de la Musique, Paris. Classification Bowed string instrument Related instruments Double bass

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-contrabassoon

A semi-contrabassoon was shaped like an oversized bassoon, between 5 and 6 feet (1. 5–1. 8 m) tall with a long descending bocal. Little literature exists that indicate that these instruments were used, although it is possible that they may have been used to some extent in military bands.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/learn/guidetotheorchestra/woodwind/bassoon/

It is made out of maple wood (or plastic) and has a double reed. The bassoon is a very versatile instrument. It can play very low notes and still get quite high. It can also play very quick passages of music.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor_anglais

The cor anglais is perceived to have a more mellow and plaintive tone than the oboe. Its appearance differs from the oboe in that the instrument is notably longer, the reed is attached to a slightly bent metal tube called the bocal, or crook, and the bell has a bulbous shape.

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