The valve horn or French horn is a wind instrument of the brass family sweet.
Even if he has a family resemblance with the hunting horn, the sound of this instrument is very different. It is sometimes majestic and triumphant, sometimes soft and slightly melancholy. The valve horn is present in the symphony orchestra, numerous chamber ensembles and orchestras in harmony and is also often solicited in the film music of all kinds, for cartoons and sound effects...
The mouth of the horn is small and conical inner shape, different from those of the trumpet and trombone are hemispheric and wider. This conical shape is found all along the tube up to the flag. We then say that this instrument is conical bore, as are all soft brass (the cornet, the saxhorns ...). This gives the sweetness pierces the sound of these instruments, unlike the cylindrical bore of brass light (like a trumpet) that produces a brighter sound.
The horn produces the notes in the range of vibrating lips on the mouth. His left hand active three (four or five) pallets (or more rarely piston) for changing the pitch. His right hand is placed in the bell to support the instrument. It also helps to correct intonation, or make sounds plugged. The performer can also be asked to use a damper to reduce the sound.
Two ways to play the horn clashed during the XXth century:
Today, as "Anglo-Saxon" is used by most professional horn players. However, horn players like Peter Damm, Hermann Baumann , Francis Orval and James Sommerville still use vibrato.
Early horns were made from natural conical pipes, such as animal horns or shells.
Those ivory called "olifants" or fallopian knight.
The animal's horn is quickly replaced by tubes designed by man. For example, the Indians were making straight trunks of wood.
The horn is an instrument found in many mountainous regions of Europe, in Finland, but also in Tibet.
First we will be gradually abandoned and replaced by metal. It will be possible to give its curved shape. In 1636, Father Mersenne describes a horn wound in seven spirals can play as many notes as the trumpet, or sixteen notes.
The horn was originally designed to transmit warning signals encoded, communicate messages, for ritual and magic. The warrior Roland (see The Song of Roland) calls for help using a horn.
It was then used in the Middle Ages to announce mealtimes and military marches.
The horn has undergone many changes since it was considered too small in the XVIth century, and too big under Louis XIV. It is finally the reign of Louis XV it acquires its final form.
From the war of 1741, the French infantry began using the borrowed horn Hanoverians.
The three piston valve horn was not invented until the XIXth century. The latest development is the horn in F (for single horn), in F / Bb (for double horns) in B or F / Bb (for triple horns, rare).
The 2007 Guinness Book of Records ranked the horn of the two musical instruments more difficult to play (the other being the oboe).
In western music, the word means a tone scale music belonging to the tonal system.
A tone is defined as the set of intervals, melodic and harmonic as well, between hierarchical levels of a given scale compared to its fundamental level, called tonic. A tone is characterized by both the tonic and its mode.
Each key is constructed from the diatonic scale.
The tone is also a means to locate a musical instrument in relation to C reference.
The flute, violin or piano are in C, that is to say that when the C is played, it really means to do. The B-flat trumpet sounded really flat so when playing a do. The horn (in F) is heard when playing an F do.
The tone is very important because it will allow transposition and transcription of partitions in C in tones of instruments with different pitches.
Some instruments and their tone:
Wilhelm Richard Wagner (May 22, 1813, Leipzig - 13 February 1883, Venice) was a German composer.
Engineering a rare outsized universality Wagner owes its importance in the history of Western music in his operas, particularly Der Ring des Nibelungen, a festival stage in a prologue and three days of which he himself wrote the poems and the design deliberately bumped habits of the time to go, in his own words, to a 'total art' show full continuous melody and use of leitmotif.
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