Multi-instrumentalist

Multi-Instrumentalist

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A multi-instrumentalist is a musician who plays a number of different instrument. - Merriam-Webster

The Bachelor of Music degree usually requires a second instrument to be learned (unless one is studying composition), but people who double on another instrument (e.g., guitar and piano) are not usually seen as multi-instrumentalists.

Classical music

Music written for Symphony Orchestra usually calls for a percussion section featuring a number of musicians who might each play a variety of different instruments during a performance. Orchestras will also often, but not always, call for several members of the woodwind section to be multi-instrumentalists. This is sometimes referred to as doubling. Typically, for example, one flute player in the orchestra will switch to playing the piccolo when called to by the score. Similarly, clarinet players may double on bass clarinet, oboe players on Cor Anglais, and bassoon players on contrabassoon. Trumpet players may switch to piccolo trumpet for certain Baroque literature, and first trombone players may switch to alto trombone. Doubling elsewhere in the orchestra is rare.

The European Piffari, Stadtpfeifer and Waits were multi-instrumentalists, who played trumpet, sackbut, shawm, cornett, recorder and string-instruments.Riemann Musiklexikon 1967: Art. Stadtpfeifer Musicians with an education of a Stadtpfeifer were Gottfried Reiche,<ref name="Musik in Geschichte und...
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