Blown idiophone

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A blown idiophone is one of the categories of musical instruments found in the Hornbostel-Sachs system of musical instrument classification. These idiophones produce sound when stimulated by moving air. For example, the aeolsklavier (below) features sticks while the piano chanteur features plaques.

This group is divided in the following two sub-categories:

  • Blown sticks (141)
    • 141.1 Individual blown sticks.
    • 141.2 Sets of blown sticks.
  • Blown plaques (142)
    • 142.1 Individual blown plaques.
    • 142.2 Sets of blown plaques.


The aeolsklavier (æolsklavier) is an unsuccessful keyboard wind instrument[1] containing wooden reeds and invented in 1825 by Schortmann of Buttelstädt.[2] The sound was produced by a jet of air which put in motion a set of vibrating blades of very thin wood. It was equipped with a keyboard and with a pedal[3] which triggered a set of bellows (one for each note) and produced a soft and ethereal sound.


  1. ^ Kvifte, Tellef (1988/2007). Instruments and the Electronic Age, p.38. ISBN 978-82-997728-1-5.
  2. ^ "Music Dictionary: Ae-Af",
  3. ^ Sachs, Curt (1913). Real-Lexikon der Musikinstrumente zugleich ein Polyglossar für das gesamte Instrumentengebiet, p. 17. ISBN 978-3-487-00205-7. (German)

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