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Review of the Musette Conference Sep 2019 in Chanter 2019 Autumn

Review of The Musette conference by Andrea Kirkby The musette is an anomaly in the piping world; an ‘elite’ art-music instrument, forever identified with the nobility of the court of Louis XIV at Versailles. It may present itself as a pastoral instrument, but it has as much to do with real sheep and shepherds as Florence Foster Jenkins did with bel canto. The musette had been lost from sight after the French Revolution - arguably, it was already obsolete by the time the ancien régime caved in - until Jean-Christophe Maillard rediscovered the instrument and its repertoire, and Rémy Dubois started making copies of original instruments.

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