Category: Music History

Opera singers

List of Famous Singers 1680 to 1900

Below is a list of some of the most famous opera singers from 1680 to 1900. This list of opera singers includes, in most cases, their birth year, debut year, retirement year, and death...

basset horn

Music Instruments: Basset Horn

Basset Horn The basset horn is a single beating instrument originating in Europe. An alto or tenor clarinet in F, which was becoming obsolete. It was being superseded by an alto clarinet in E...

archlute

Music Instruments: Archlute

Archlute The archlute has a large pear shaped body, in fact an ordinary lute furnished with an additional peg box, in order to give greater length to the bass strings. A specimen in the...

slide trombone

Music Instruments: Trombone

Trombone The name signifies the bass of the trumpet family. It used to be called the sackbut. The tenor trombone is the one most used in the orchestra and has an entire length of...

Burmese Soung

Music Instruments: Burmese Soung

Bermese Soung This graceful boat shaped harp is the forerunner of the present triangular orchestral instrument. A curved neck rises from one end, and assists in the support of the strings, whose tension is...

Russian horns

Music Instruments: Russian Horns

Russian Horn The Russian horn originated in Russia. It is a conical brass tube bent at a right angle near the mouthpiece. It is also known as chotnitchiyerog. The following description of a Russian...

ophicleide

Music Instruments: Ophicleide

Ophicleide The ophicleide originated in Europe and is a brass instrument of the trumpet family. It was invented in 1790 by Frichot, a Frenchman who had adopted London as a residence. Its disuse may...

oboe

Music Instruments: Oboe

Oboe The oboe originated in Europe. The name comes through the old English hoboe, from the French form hautbois, which signifies a wooden instrument with a high pitch. The tube is conical with a...

lute family

Music Instruments: Lute Family

Lute Family The home of the lute can be traced to ancient Egypt where it appears in sculptures. Later it is encountered as the favorite instrument in Arabia, where it is known as the...

krumhorn - cromhorn

Music Instruments: Krumhorn

Krumhorn or Cromhorn The krumhorn originated in Europe, is a double beating read instrument and is obsolete. The krumhorn consists of a round tube curved upward at the lower end. The tube was cylindrical,...