The Flugelhorn

The early 18th century Fluegel horn was a large hunting horn of semicircular configuration. It’s bearer was referred to as the “Flügelmeister.” The role of the Flügelmeister was to direct the phases of the hunt, which like its British counterpart was a formalized affair. During the Seven Years War (1756-1763) the Fluegelhorn was adopted as a military instrument. The name, Flügel, means flank or wing, and probably originally referred to the flanking maneuvre used to encircle and trap prey in the course of the hunt. Much like the cornet, the modern fluglehorn is a conical shaped instrument, creating a much warmer, richer sound than it's trumpet counterpart.


                             Modern Flugelhorn                        Ancient Fluegal hunting horn


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