Glossary: Musette

The term musette was orginally used in France to describe different kinds of bagpipes and shawms.

The most well-know instrument of this group is probably the musette de cour, a small bellow-blown bagpipe that was very popular with the french aristocrazy during the 17th and 18th century. During this time many compositions and playing manuals were created.

For a long time we did not know if there was any connection between the musette as a bagpies and the musette waltz that is usually played on the accordion. Fortunately our friend and colleague Jan Soete from Belgium gave us an explanation.