Ancient Wind Instruments (Apr, 1948)
Ancient Wind Instruments
HISTORY of the horn is almost as ancient as the history of man. First wind instrument probably was a spiral shell picked up by early man in his search for food along the shore. The Greeks had a myth for it—demigod Triton blowing on a conch shell as a trumpet to whip up or calm the waves.
Besides shells, men also have used animal horns and even hollowed tusks for calls to war and the hunt or for monotoned ceremonies. Wood, then metal, instruments evolved from the single-toned horn, with lip and reed pipes and keyed stops to permit such fancy music as the boys are blowing on these pages. Pictures show some of the instruments developed since 1600 and now displayed at a London Museum. Last wind instrument will be horn Gabriel will blow Judgment Day.