Cornet à Boucquin French
Cornetz à Boucquin French?

This stop is mentioned in passing by Grove, who says only: “Examples [of the Cornet] during the second half of the 16th century were often given a distinguishing name, such as ... ‘Cornetz à boucquin’ ”. Williams provides some more detail: “Cornetz à boucquin (‘goat-horn’), St Jacques-de-la-Boucherie, Pais (J. Langhedul, 1586, 1588): at c1 4 ranks, at f1 5 ranks, at b1 to the top 6 ranks.” Douglass includes “Cornet à Boucquin V (dessus)” in a list of flute stops used before 1630, but does not define it. There was a Renaissance instrument named cornet à bouquin, a type of cornet (a curved wooden tube with finger holes, blown like a trumpet). The modern French word bouquin means “book” or “old goat”, but of old it meant “mouth”.


None known. Contributions welcome.


Adlung[1]: §211 Zink. Douglass[1]: 86. Grove[1]: Cornet. Williams[1]: Glossary: Cornet.
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