An instrument corresponding to the clarinet—a cylindrical cane tube played with a cane reed—was in use in Egypt as early as 3000 b. c. Instruments of this sort were used around the Near East into modern times, and other clarinet prototypes were played in Spain, parts of Eastern Europe, and in Sardinia. A folk instrument present in Wales during the eighteenth century, called the hompipe or pibgorn, was very similar to Greek and Middle Eastern cane single reed devices, but it was made of bone or of elder wood. Through the Middle Ages and up to the seventeenth century such single reed contraptions were played across Europe, but they were almost completely peasant or folk devices. The modern clarinet seems to were originated by a Nuremberg tool maker, Johann Cristoph Denner, sometime around 1690. Denner was a celebrated manufacturer of recorders, flutes, oboes, and bassoons. His early clarinets the word is a diminutive of the Italian word for trumpet, clarino looked very like recorders, made in three parts and with the addition of two keys to shut the holes. A clarinet with a flared bell, just like the modern clarinet, could have been made by Denner's son. Parts scored for clarinet were soon found in the music of first rate eighteenth century composers, adding Handel, Gluick, and Telemann. The early clarinets were typically made from boxwood or every now and then plum or pear wood.