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The History And Development Of Musical Instruments From The Earliest Times.

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.                     119
fore to supply himself with a larger stock of instruments than the violinist of the present daw
That there was, in the time of Shakespeare, a musical instru­ment called recorder is undoubtedly known to most readers from the stage direction in Hamlet : Re enter players with recorders. But not many are likely to have ever seen a recorder, as it has
now become very________________________________________
scarce: we there­fore give an illus­tration of this old instrument, which is copied from " The Gen­teel Companion; Being exact Di­rections for the Recorder: etc." London, 1683.
The bagpipe appears to have been from time immemorial a special favourite instrument with the Celtic races; but it was per­haps quite as much admired
by the Slavonic nations. In Poland, and in the Ukraine, it used to be made of the whole skin of the goat in which the shape of the animal, whenever the bagpipe was expanded with air, appeared fully retained, exhibiting even the head with the horns; hence the bagpipe was called kosa, which signifies a goat. The woodcut p. 120 represents a Scotch bagpipe of the last century.
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