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To the casual observer, a flugelhorn looks very much like a trumpet or cornet but the tubing is wider and more conical.


Interesting flugelhorn facts
  • The German word flügel translates into English as wing or flank. In early 18th century Germany, a ducal hunt leader known as a Flügelmeister blew the flügelhorn to direct the wings of the hunt.

  • The modern day flugelhorn with valves is modelled on the Adolphe Sax (the creator of the saxophone and saxhorn family of instruments) instrument the B flat soprano (contralto) saxhorn.

  • The tone is more mellow and darker than the trumpet or cornet. The sound of the flugelhorn has been described as halfway between a trumpet and a French horn, whereas the cornet's sound is halfway between a trumpet and a flugelhorn.

  • The flugelhorn is a standard member of the British-style brass band, and it is also used frequently in jazz. It also appears occasionally in orchestral and concert band music.

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Photo credit Daisuke Hayashi

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