Virtual Tour of
"Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna:
Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance
Serpent Forveille by Turlot, Paris, ca. 1825
NMM 4032. Serpent Forveille by Turlot, Paris, ca. 1825. Said to be a pupil of S. L. Forveille, who is credited with inventing this variation of an upright serpent, Turlot's name is stamped inside the bell. Played with a cup mouthpiece, serpents are brass instruments, but are usually made of wood (some of copper or brass) and have fingerholes like woodwind instruments. This example has six fingerholes, plus three keys and a "water-catcher" for collecting condensation, when the instrument is played. It is covered with leather at the bottom to consolidate the doubling of the tubing and painted black, with red paint on the inside of the bell. Board of Trustees, 1986.