It is obvious how this instrument got its name! It looks like a snake, but it is not used by snake charmers. The serpent was first made about 400 years ago in France but is seldom played today. If the serpent were straightened out, it would be about 2.5 metres long. Remember the brass instruments whose tubing was so long it had to be folded up?
A similar thing has happened with the serpentbut it is made of wood,
which is difficult to bend. So it’s made in short hollowed-out sections
that are glued together. They are then covered with leather to seal the
joints and stop the air from escaping.
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