Features of the instrument:
After the end of the classical period the frenchhorn had emerged as the main instrument from the large family of various horn instruments. But then there was a lack of a real conical soprano instrument. The invention of the Perinet valves at the beginning of the 19th Century in France lead to the devolpment of a “cornet à piston”. The key was A and Bb, more or less the today’s main trumpet keys. This type became very popular and spread fast. Trumpet players soon became also “Cornetists”.
In Germany and Austria cornets also have been built with rotary valves.
The higher keyed C-Cornet is a speciality.
For the demanding cornet passages in Igor Strawinsky´s „L´Histoire du soldat“ the C-Cornet is very helpful.