Mock trumpet

The mock trumpet is a single-reed woodwind instrument popular during the second half of the seventeenth century, especially in England. By the 1720s, the mock trumpet was documented in use in the New World.[1]

The mock trumpet predated the chalumeau and may be one of the primary predecessors of both the chalumeau and clarinet.[1] Mock trumpets are keyless reed-pipes, closed on one end by the natural joint of the cane and wrapped in leather. The reed is idioglottal, meaning that it is a tongue cut but not detached from the reed itself. The reed was placed on the upper side of the instrument and vibrated against the upper lip; the pipe had six tone holes on top and one in the back.[2] Documented music for the mock trumpet primarily includes tutors and method books, indicating that this was an instrument studied in the Western Classical tradition.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Rice, A.R. (1992). The Baroque Clarinet. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  2. Hoeprich, E (2008). The Clarinet. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

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