from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Egyptian musical instrument, consisting of two tubes, with a mouthpiece furnished with reeds.
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Although embodying a very ancient principle -- the "squeaker" reed which our little children still make, and continued in the Egyptian arghool -- the clarinet is the most recent member of the wood wind band.
Now Mr.J. Finn, who made these ancient pipes sound at these lectures with an arghool reed of straw, was able upon the pipe which had, by finger holes, a tetrachord, to repeat that tetrachord a fifth higher by increased pressure of blowing, and thus form an octave scale, comprising eight notes.
The wild clamor of trumpet, pipe, cymbal and sistrum, with the long drone of the arghool as undertone, drifted by.