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Contrabassoon

Contrabassoon

From Lotz’s Innovation to Modern Versatility. Birthed by Theodor Lotz in 1780s, it graced Mozart and Beethoven performances. After its heyday, it found a niche in contemporary and chamber music.

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Classical Guitar

Classical Guitar

The classical guitar’s history traces back to ancient times. Its evolution brought about instruments like the vihuela and baroque guitar. Antonio de Torres’ innovations shaped the modern guitar. Composers like Mozart and techniques by guitarists advanced its popularity.

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Cymbal

Cymbal

From Bronze Age to Global Stage. Emerging in antiquity, cymbals evolved from military to ceremonial use. Late inclusion in music led to pivotal roles in classical, rock, and pop genres.

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Contrabass Clarinet

Contrabass Clarinet

Originating in the 17th century, it evolved from the clarinet family, gaining size and range. Limited in production due to size, it’s found in classical and pop music.

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Cigar Box Guitar

Cigar Box Guitar

Explore Cigar Box Guitar’s History: From Civil War ingenuity to 20th-century music influence, and its 1990s revival as a vintage gem.

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Contrabass Saxophone

Contrabass Saxophone

Born of Adolphe Sax’s Vision. Evolving from mid-century wind instruments, it defied brass conventions. Limited but distinct, it resonates in rare jazz performances.

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Contrabass Flute

Contrabass Flute

Emerging in late 20th century, the contrabass flute addressed flute ensemble demands. Albisiphone foreshadowed it. Gaining notice in Daniela Mars’ performances and Horizon series.

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Clavichord

Clavichord

The Clavichord is a keyboard instrument with tangents striking strings to produce sound. It offers dynamic variation through key depression and is prominent in Renaissance and Baroque music.

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Cor Anglais

Cor Anglais

The cor anglais is a tenor double-reed woodwind instrument in the oboe family, pitched in F with a distinctive bell shape.

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