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Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in new articles, The Voice Box | 0 comments

Musical Term of the Week

by Melissa Wimbish

Way to be losers, Disney! You totally missed a perfectly good opportunity to give King Triton a musical number. He’s not happy about it.

Buccina – A curved Roman brass instrument, less easily definable than its contemporaries owing to the scarcity of iconographic evidence and the ambiguity of literary evidence, some of which confuse it with the CORNU. Originally it was a curved animal’s horn but it came to be covered with brass and even to be fashioned entirely from brass. Roman authors described the herding of sheep and the summoning together of rural communities as some of its early uses. A final association was with Triton, the sea god who blew upon a horn of shell, this instrument having the term buccina applied to it in Roman literature. (Stanley Sadie, The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians)

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