Musette de Cour

Musette de Cour:  Maker Unknown: ca.1700; France; Leather, Ivory, Silk, Wood, Silver, and Iron; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

The musette is a refined form of bagpipe with a bellows that generates wind to inflate the bag and sound a chanter and a bourdon. The bourdon is a device to play the drones. This musette is one of the luxurious pieces used in French aristocratic circles between 1620 and 1760. The instrument features a double chanter, a novelty that emerged soon after 1670, and a bourdon for three double reeds and four sliders. The sliders allow the play of one, two, or three drones. The double chanter operates with only one double reed.

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