One need only listen to Italian sonatas from the time
Monteverdi to experience the incredible, unique beauty
and flexibility of the cornett as a solo instrument. It is
unexcelled, too, for ensemble playing.
Cornett and sackbut (Renaissance trombone) are the perfect, often prescribed combination for German and Italian music of the 16th and 17th centuries. As inventories from the times attest, the deeper-voiced cornetts alto, tenor and bass were also in common use.
The cornett became generally extinct by the end of the 18th century. However, through the dedication of modern makers and virtuoso players, the instrument is gradually reasserting its role among others of this period.Please see our bibliography of references , articles, our Audio/Visual Gallery and links page for further information.