Cornett - called cornetto in Italian and zinke in Norwegian

The Cornett is a wooden wind instrument which was very popular in the renaissance period. The instrument is made out of two hollow pieces of wood, glued together and with leather wrapped around. It has finger holes similar to that of a recorder, and a mouthpiece similar to a trumpet mouthpiece. In the renaissance, the cornett and the violin competed as to which was the most virtuosic instrument, and the cornettists were among the best paid musicians at the time. Since the violin won the virtuosic competition, the cornett disappeared for about 400 years, until it was rediscovered in the middle of the 20th century.

Photo by Urszula Tarasiewicz.