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The Mighty Shawm
« on: Jun 2nd, 2005, 5:35pm »
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I'm an oboe player and I was curious about the history of my instrument.  I know it's loosly related to krummhorns and shawms, since they all have double reeds.  I've played krummhorn and I once attempted to play on a shawm, but I'm hardly an expert.  How is the shawm different from modern instruments, and how is it best played?  Who wrote for shawm, and when was it most used?  Anything else to add about the most powerful of double reeds?  
 
By the way, someone told me that the composer Percy Grainger's favorite instrument was the shawm.  I think he was eccentric enough for that to be possible.
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