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- n. A Renaissance bass woodwind instrument, with a double reed and a folded conical bore
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small bassoon.
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Giovanni Gabrieli, one of the organists at San Marco, composed a festival piece that featured the full arsenal of instrumentation: trumpets, sackbutts, a dulcian, violin, viola, drums and two organs.
At the same moment, through the pillars of the Temple of Amor, the sound of a dulcian, a clarino and a theorbo could be heard.
A manuscript obituary states that, in addition to his compositions he was renowned especially for his skill at chansonetas and other spirited music, he played keyboard instruments, harp, flute and dulcian.
I heard the dusty, sonorous songs of the reed shawm, the small oboe and the reed dulcian, and other small reed organs played by mouth, and then the more ringing tone of the brass sackbut horn, and perhaps even the light singing of the hammers striking the taut strings of the dulcimer.