Learn about theIntroducing a “New” Old Instrument: The Cornetto

We are quite familiar with the instruments of the banda that also accompany our processions. But these instruments did not yet exist during the time of Diego Cera. Paintings and woordcarvings give us an idea what these instruments were. This year, the Festival is introducing to its audience the cornetto, one of these “ancient” instruments which are re-appearing in order to give a more authentic rendition of the music played in Intramuros between 1600 and 1850. When the modern trumpets were introduced, the cornetto disappeared because it was easier to play the new instruments.

However, the experience of most singers is that the modern trumpet is too loud to accompany a small vocal ensemble, so when singing the baroque literature with a small choir the modern trumpets are replaced by the instruments which were used during the time that the music was written. It is interesting to know that one of the stops of the Bamboo Organ is called “Corneta” (Spanish), intended to imitate the wonderful sound of the cornetto. It is a 5-rank stop, meaning to say that for every note played a combination of five pipes is sounding. The “corneta” is mounted (like standing on a table) and can easily be spotted when looking through the window at the back of the Bamboo Organ.

The cornetto will be played by Lambert Colson (France). He took up post-graduate studies at the Catalonia College of Music in Barcelona, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the University of the Arts in Bremen.

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