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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What is it that a composer brings into the concert hall, the opera house, the church, or the drawing room by the quotation of an alphorn motif?
Evening at the Brienzer Rothorn overlooking Lake Brienz and the Alps of the Bernese Oberland and left, Jennifer has a go at playing the Swiss alphorn with limited success
Featuring Alphorn virtuoso Carlo Torlontano, it looks like the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra are welcoming in the New Year with, if not a bang, then certainly a loud noise.
As the large alphorn became too cumbersome to handle on the road he increasingly changed to the lighter Buchel, on which he became a respected expert remembered to this day in Swiss folk music circles as Buchel-Wisi.
And variations on the traditional orchestral horn appeared: the natural horn (without modern valves to change the notes), the Post-horn and the Alphorn, with works both historical and contemporary written for them.
From June to September enjoy musical entertainment from the Alphorn players and flag-throwers, in the town of Gruyeres.
Guests are invited to trying ballroom dancing lessons in Bled with the Slovenian national champion Katarina Venturini or learn to play the iconic alphorn in Switzerland.
The young star plays the very unique Swiss alphorn instrument, which is a labrophone, consisting of a wooden natural horn of conical bore, having a wooden cup-shaped mouthpiece.
Indem er belegt, dass sich das "helvetischste" aller Musikinstrumente ohne das Fremde nicht herstellen lasst, wird hier ausgerechnet das Alphorn zum Symbol einer weltoffenen Schweiz.
One of these is Dawn Calling, in which Russian Arkady Shilkloper plays his four-meter-long Swiss alphorn on different beaches and on ferries in the mornings to greet the sun.
You may not only buy Swiss wine, but actually make some yourself, blow the Alphorn, trail the cattle descent on the slopes of Alps and live the life of a Swiss for few days.
Attendees can compete for fun and prizes in a variety of contests, including a Polka Dance Contest; “Best Dressed” of Oktoberfest; Beer Stein Holding Contest; and Alphorn Blowing for kids & adults.