A figure is given (Galpin, p. 159) of a goat playing on a shawm from a carving of the twelfth century at Canterbury.
The shawm rang out yearningly beneath the pale expanse of an unsympathetic heaven.
In the second wagon will follow the musicians, the players upon the drum, the fife, and the shawm.
Cornemuse is a bagpipe; shalmye is a shawm, which was a wind-instrument, being derived from Lat.
It was evolved in the sixteenth century from the pommers and bombards: the tenors and basses of the shawm or oboe family.
The name is believed to be derived from calamaula, a reed-pipe, which was corrupted to chalem-elle and then to shawm.
The shawm was silent, the herdsman bent questioningly over the wall and Kurwenal made answer.
"medieval oboe-like instrument," mid-14c., schalmeis (plural), also schallemele (late 14c.), from Old French chalemie, chalemel, from Late Latin calamellus, literally "a small reed," diminutive of Latin calamus "reed," from Greek kalamos, from PIE *kole-mo- "grass, reed" (cf. Old English healm "straw," Latin culmus "stalk"). Mistaken as a plural and trimmed of its "-s" ending from mid-15c. Related: Shawmist.