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A mechanical device used to reduce the tonal vol. of an instr. and usually indicated by the term con sordini. (1) In bowed instr. a small clamp to be placed on the bridge. (2) In brass instr. a pear‐shaped stopper to be pushed into the bell or, in the case of the hn., putting the hand in the bell. It is impossible to mute woodwind instr. (3) With the kettledrums muting was formerly effected by placing a cloth over the parchment heads but it is usual now to employ sponge‐headed drumsticks instead. (4) In the pf. the sound is muted by the left (soft) pedal. The mute should not be confused with the damper.

(1) In bowed instr. a small clamp to be placed on the bridge. (2) In brass instr. a pear‐shaped stopper to be pushed into the bell or, in the case of the hn., putting the hand in the bell. It is impossible to mute woodwind instr. (3) With the kettledrums muting was formerly effected by placing a cloth over the parchment heads but it is usual now to employ sponge‐headed drumsticks instead. (4) In the pf. the sound is muted by the left (soft) pedal. The mute should not be confused with the damper.

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