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date: 22 October 2020

Flugelhorn (from Ger. Flügelhorn; Fr. bugle, grand bugle; It. flicorno soprano; Sp. fiscornolocked

  • Anthony C. Baines
  • , revised by Trevor Herbert


(from Ger. Flügelhorn; Fr. bugle, grand bugle; It. flicorno soprano; Sp. fiscorno

A valved brass instrument pitched in B♭ with the same compass as the cornet. It has the conical bore, wide bell and large format of its parent the keyed bugle. The mouthpiece cup is deep, almost funnel-shaped, and a sliding mouthpipe serves as the tuning-slide. The tone is round and suave though rougher and bugle-like in loud playing. The flugelhorn plays a leading role in most continental bands as it has done for over a century. Military bands in Britain and America do not use it, but one flugelhorn is an obligatory constituent of the British brass band, in which it is played from the same part as the repiano cornet following the instructions ‘unis.’ and ‘solo’ (with the instrument specified).

At the beginning of the 18th century in Germany, the Flügelhorn was a large semicircular hunting horn of brass or silver carried by the Flügelmeister who directed the wings of a ducal hunt. It became a military instrument during the Seven Years War and from it was developed the ...

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