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[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.
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In the February 2010 Horn Call, I explored numerous occasions on which a composer quoted an alphorn motif as an evocation of an Alpine landscape.
But consider what awaited those of us making the trip in reverse: In the departure area, against a backdrop of Alpine scenery and Swiss and American flags, an oompah band serenaded us with relentlessly upbeat music, often accompanied by that incredibly long, traditional wooden alphorn.
But his quest for different nuances also led him to experiment with such unorthodox "instruments" as the French trompes de chasse, post horns, Swiss alphorns, Nordic lurs, various conches and seashells, and even a length of kelp he found on the beach in South Africa.
Several bands, including the Mainfloesser Band from the Franconia region of Germany, will play, and the hand-carved alphorns - horns up to 13 feet long traditionally played in the Alps - will sound as well.
The Rogue Valley Alphorns played Alpine Cowboy by Glenesk Mortimer with the Ashland City (OR) Band in July.
The alphorns are a familiar sight at many of the traditional Swiss festivals held throughout the year.
A fifteen-minute suite of four "sequences" for four alphorns by Jean-Michel Defaye displays the possibilities of this folk instrument.
Along with chocolate, gold, watches, alphorns and yodelling, there is the common preconception of the Swiss themselves as a nation of precise but dull bankers and insurance salesman.
15 Aug "Alphorn concert" with 18 alphorns at the Bergstation Diavolezza, Tel.