Instruments | Flugelhorn | Late Romantic | Classical

The flugelhorn (or flügelhorn: Flügel means ‘wing’ in German) is a cornet-like valved brass instrument, a member of the bugle family. It has a conical bore and three valves; in Britain these are invariably piston valves, but German and Austrian ones have rotary valves. The flugelhorn’s ancestor was a type of semicircular hunting horn carried by the hunt-master who directed the wings of a ducal hunt, and in German the name Flügelhorn predates the instrument with which we are familiar by a couple of centuries.

The flugelhorn can be heard in British brass bands and European (though not British or American) military bands. It has made only very occasional appearances in the orchestra, examples including Respighi’s Pines of Rome and, most famously, Vaughan Williams’s Ninth Symphony (1956–58).

Styles & Forms | Late Romantic | Classical
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