alphorn

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alphorn

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alpenhorn

[Ger.,=Alps horn], wooden horn from 3 ft to 12 ft (91 cm–3.7 m) long, sometimes curved slightly, with conical bore and a cup-shaped mouthpiece. It produces only the natural harmonics of the tube, slightly modified, however, by the material of the horn and its somewhat irregular shape. In Switzerland it is used to call cattle and to entertain tourists. The ranz des vachesranz des vaches
, type of Alpine folk melody of irregular melodic and rhythmic form used to call cattle. It is played on the alphorn by Swiss herders, or sung, with or without words. There are about 50 or more regional variations on the basic melodic pattern.
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Whatever happens, the Alpine horn blower which is our trade mark will not disappear.
We heard a lot of yodelling by going to little festivals in the mountains where there was singing and bands and one of our relatives played the Alpine Horn, which is sometimes played as well.
One man's Alpine horn is another man's tossing the caber, but the partisan support was by no means one-way traffic in Murray's favour among the packed crowd.
And the Alpine horn, used on a couple of tracks, has surely never sounded so trendy.
The resultant sound has been described as 'like a human voice, a wolf 's howl and an Alpine horn all rolled into one.
His off-the-wall comedy extends to parodies of George W Bush and actually phoning Switzerland to report the Alpine Horn he had just accidentally broken on stage.
En route we see a lot of irresistible clips from Eurovisions past - yodelling Swiss competing against an Alpine horn, men singing in penguin suits, women in the shortest of short skirts, and foreign groups throwing in token English verses that make no se nse - sample line: "Oh your breasts are like swallows are nesting.
Singers Helen and Louise Curtis-Streich join alpine horn players on the banks of Digley Reservoir for a celebration to |mark the 50th anniversary of Julie Andrews' classic film The Sound of Music (inset) for Holmfirth Film Festival
And although Hingis claimed she was only 70 per cent fit after a thigh injury which forced her to miss the French Open, she couldn't have been given a bigger fright if Cavaday had clobbered her with an Alpine horn.
Our disguises - a bratwurst under one arm and an Alpine horn - worked perfectly.
Commissioned in 2013 by a group of international ensembles, Haas used the natural tuning systems of the valve-less and lengthy Alpine horns (originally used for alp-to-alp communication) as a contrast with the tempered tuning systems used by orchestras.
Aboriginal dance from Canada and performance by Swiss, Austrian Alpine Horns added a unique traditional touch to the festival.