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 Post subject: Blesbok horn flute
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:23 pm 
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This one looks rather unusual. I might get such flute...

http://youtu.be/989dNvh8YyM

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 Post subject: Re: Blesbok horn flute
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:42 pm 
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It's a gemshorn in English. The horn looks like ibex, the usual material for gemshorns in Europe.

That one is unusually good and the guy plays it well.

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 Post subject: Re: Blesbok horn flute
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:21 am 
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The ibex horn has a unidirectional curve, unlike the one in the video which - as has been stated - is the horn of a blesbok, a South African antelope.
Although the instrument has always been called "gemshorn" or "cor de chamois", the illustrations of Virdung and Agricola clearly show it having been made from cow horn. The horn of the chamois is not usable at all, being far too small and only as thick as a human finger. The ibex has at all times been a rare animal, besides living in nearly unaccessible parts of the Alps, so it is very unlikely ibex horn has ever been used.


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 Post subject: Re: Blesbok horn flute
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:25 am 
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MichaelLoos wrote:
The ibex horn has a unidirectional curve, unlike the one in the video which - as has been stated - is the horn of a blesbok, a South African antelope.
Although the instrument has always been called "gemshorn" or "cor de chamois", the illustrations of Virdung and Agricola clearly show it having been made from cow horn. The horn of the chamois is not usable at all, being far too small and only as thick as a human finger. The ibex has at all times been a rare animal, besides living in nearly unaccessible parts of the Alps, so it is very unlikely ibex horn has ever been used.


Here is the website where this flute comes from:http://www.firewindflutes.com/Firewind_Flutes/Gemshorns.html
I ordered the same instrument from this craftsman. We'll see.

Just found this one: amazing! http://youtu.be/EBKC2YJ2YsA

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 Post subject: Re: Blesbok horn flute
PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:22 pm 
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Google doesn't find a lot of ibex-horn gemshorns, but this looks like the ones I've seen in use:

http://www.wattsandwatts.co.nz/gallery. ... 1ac4e3957c

Sachs, in Reallexikon der Musik-Instrumente, says they were made of "unkenntlichem Material" but quotes The Complaynt of Scotland of 1548 as listing "ane pipe maid of ane gait horne" ("gait" is Scots for "goat").

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