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Variant of alpenhorn.
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(ˈælpˌhɔːn) or


(Instruments) music a wind instrument used in the Swiss Alps, consisting of a very long tube of wood or bark with a cornet-like mouthpiece
[C19: from German Alpenhorn Alps horn]
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cor des Alpes
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| This Alpine horn player from Basle, Switzerland, was one of the contestants at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 1977
Pilatus for views above the clouds and a traditional Swiss evening of yodeling, fondue and alpine horn playing.
The next thing he suggests will be someone in lederhosen blowing an alpine horn near the proposed artificial ski slope.
In addition to the Alpine horn, tuned cow bells, a saw and wooden spoons were played.
A Surprise for Giraffe and Elephant tells of Elephant, who has a lot to say about surprises that include alpine horn serenades and surprise parties.
"But I played the clarinet at school and I've taught myself the Alpine horn. I've never really played the violin but I expect I could pick it up."
More than 500 Alpine horn players blew away the world record for the largest ensemble of people playing the instrument on Saturday in the Swiss region of Zermatt, home to the Matterhorn mountain.
It had the same effect as you get blowing down an alpine horn, with a little scream at the end.
Barely perceptible pizzicato moments built into that serene moment when what is supposed to be an Alpine horn calls out over the orchestra - famously thought to be Brahms incorporating the chimes of Great St Mary's, the university church of Cambridge.
Amanda Glanville, of Live & Local, says: "Travelling by Tuba takes you on a musical journey through time from when man first blew into a conch shell, to Viking Horns, the world's first mobile phone (the Alpine Horn) and some medieval instruments which are very strange indeed."
Charva fashions should be recognised by Europe as a local dress, similar to Swiss Alpine horn yodellers and German knee-slappers.
Bill, who is also master of the harmonica, alpine horn and washboard, began his yodelling career in his home town of Carlisle.