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post horn

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(Instruments) a simple valveless natural horn consisting of a long tube of brass or copper, either straight or coiled; formerly often used to announce the arrival of a mailcoach
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Noun1.post horn - wind instrument used by postilions of the 18th and 19th centuries
wind instrument, wind - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
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The doctor was dismayed when he saw the governor in such a passion, and he would have made a Tirteafuera out of the room but that the same instant a post-horn sounded in the street; and the carver putting his head out of the window turned round and said, "It's a courier from my lord the duke, no doubt with some despatch of importance.
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.
Potboiling money-spinners they may be (there are also two dances by Beethoven's younger brother Kaspar Karl), but they are fashioned with care and imagination (some remarkable scoring, with harp, shrieking piccolos, tambourine, triangle, big drum and post-horn among the "novelty" instruments), and brim with delightful melodies.

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