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Musical InstrumentsHistory, Technology, and Performance of Instruments of Western Music$
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Murray Campbell, Clive Greated, and Arnold Myers

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198165040

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198165040.001.0001

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Bugles and Horns

Bugles and Horns

(p.149) 5 Bugles and Horns
Musical Instruments

Murray Campbell

Clive Greated

Arnold Myers

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the basic acoustical characteristics of brass instruments, including the functions of the mouthpiece, side holes, crooks, and valves. The history and development of horns made for signalling and musical purposes is outlined, briefly considering the cornett, serpent, french horn, cornet, tuba, and other instruments. Traditional and contemporary methods of making brass instruments are described. Playing techniques are explored, including the hand in the bell technique, and notation conventions are explained. Finally, brass instrument mutes are considered.

Keywords:   mouthpiece, side holes, crook, valves, cornett, serpent, French horn, cornet, tuba, mute

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