A Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall B Clarissa Dickson Wright C Anthony Worrall Thompson D Rick Stein QUESTION 7 - for 7 points: The ophicleide
is an old instrument of which family?
10pm, when Anthony George presents a fascinating lecture-recital, Taming of the Beast, featuring early wind instruments including monstrous ancestors of the tuba such as the serpent and ophicleide
These ensembles included: flute, bassoon, bass viol, clarinet, oboe, serpent, ophicleide
, bugle, vamp-horn (megaphone), guitar, banjo, drums, concertina and tin-whistle.
They played admirably some selections from popular operas; a bass cantata on the ophicleide
was executed with considerable talent.
My 1919 Elson's Pocket Music Dictionary tells me that the ophicleide
is "a large bass wind instrument of brass.
The bass instruments include the valved tenor horn (also a virtuoso solo instrument), the bombardon, the ophicleide
, the serpent, the bass tuba (which only became successful when built with a much wider bore than the earliest models), and the Wagner tuba.
The thing here is that it's from the always-reliable Sir Charles Mackerras, and it's done on period instruments, with the novelty of an original ophicleide
replacing the modern tuba.