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I recently discovered Purcell for me, and listened to quite a lot of his works. I stumbled across the follwing video:

What is the instrument sounding like a rubber band at the beginning? I am sorry for the terrible description, but it sounds so alien. I have never heard it before used in baroque music, and no idea what it really could be. Any help or hints are welcome.

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I'm at work and can't view the video, but I'm guessing Jew's harp. A quick google gives this guess a bit more credibility: musica-dei-donum.org/cd_reviews/Carus_83.435.html. –  Meaningful Username Jul 17 at 12:57
    
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It sounds like a mouth harp, which is sometimes colloquially referred to as a jew's harp (although it has nothing to do with Jews).

Here is an article on the instrument fron Wikipedia.

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