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Woodwinds are named as such because they were originally made out of wood. However, woodwinds also encompass the brass instruments, which were never made of wood. Woodwinds also include the flutes and reeds, along with the separate class of organs. Woodwind
The woodwinds have evolved over a period of many centuries. In fact, crude forms of horns, clarinets and flutes were made by prehistoric people. These antecedents of the modern day counterparts were undoubtedly made of simple and perhaps organic material but nevertheless, they allowed the musicians to express their musical abilities.