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I'm on a kick of brass, I'm sorry.
Wouldn't the little guide be better suited to wikibooks? Just a question, do me no harm? Bizznot
In the US and Germany the name tenor horn is identical to baritone horn as well as the Tuba and euphonium.
- I think you're right; that doesn't make any sense at all. Deleted. WeisheitSuchen (talk) 12:09, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
alto vs tenor
The reason this was done is that in British brass bands the E♭ cornet is referred to as the soprano, the B♭ cornet as the alto (unsaid but implied), the E♭ horn as the tenor, the small-bore B♭ horn, formerly the tenor horn, became the baritone, the baritone mysteriously disappeared from the Saxhorn lineup, and so on. The name tenor could apply only to one instrument, of course, and it had been reassigned to the E♭ horn. Sometimes the name is shortened to just E♭ horn to avoid any confusion.
This does not seem to be accurate. First of all, the whole "It Came From The Saxhorn" thing is possibly a mere digression in that it emerges again and again in web discussion but seems to be left largely to the side by the professors. More importantly, as Assoc. Prof. John Erickson of Arizona State University points out:
The term alto horn seems to be used more to refer to the older models of the instrument that were used in bands in general, not modern, British-style brass band instruments. These older instruments were typically a little smaller bore (especially around the neck of the bell), were mated with smaller bore mouthpieces, and blended a bit better with trumpets and trombones. Modern E-flat tenor horns in contrast tend to be a little larger bore and are designed to use larger bore mouthpieces. Tonally they are intended specifically to blend with modern cornets and Euphoniums in a brass band setting. It should also be noted that a hundred years ago “Solo Altos” were also produced that were basically the same instrument but in a bell front design, not unlike modern marching mellophone, pitched in E-flat.
- I'm not convinced Erickson is talking about the naming history. If he refuted the "it came from the saxhorn family" argument directly, I'd agree with that, but I don't think saying where it comes from is a digression if it's talking about the naming. How the creator of the instrument named it seems quite relevant, actually. But maybe we should have both explanations included in the article if there are conflicting opinions on the matter. WeisheitSuchen (talk) 12:26, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
- Good points. I have edited the material, removing some prose flourishes and some irrelevancies such as the comparison of the bore size of UK vs US baritone horns and the euphonium. I think it reads clearer now and conveys just as much verifiable information as before. Do you agree? Jaxdelaguerre (talk) 05:46, 26 August 2009 (UTC)
Solos for the alto horn are very occasional, and are usually taken by the solo horns.
What's a "solo horn"? I'm not arguing; I'm asking for clarification inline in the text or via a link. I think the author meant "an alto horn shaped like and played horizontally facing forward like a mellophone" Jaxdelaguerre (talk) 05:54, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
- Cleared this up, "solo horn" was mentioned early and defined late in the article, so I collated all the history and morphological stuff and put it before the reference to "solo horns" taking the solos. Jaxdelaguerre (talk) 05:21, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
Other saxhorns include the baritone horn.
Style question: Having mentioned and linked to saxhorn in the introductory sentence of History, this statement seems either superfluous (i.e. they can go to saxhorn if they want to know about more saxhorns) or inadequate (i.e., what about the other saxhorns?). Should it be removed, or expanded, or left as-is? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jaxdelaguerre (talk • contribs) 06:03, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
- Commented out offending passage with a brief explanation. If no one is bothered or takes some other action, in a month I'll delete it. Jaxdelaguerre (talk) 04:34, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
yeah... this article should be revised, the information is "too specific" concerning technique. It downright has nothing to do with technique, but rather with "how to start playing it" (more or less...). Maybe someone could write something about how the mouthpiece relates to other, more common mouthpieces, such as that of the tenor trombone (or how about the alto trombone?) —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nicholasnice (talk • contribs) 03:04, 24 February 2007 (UTC).
Playing Technique 'Guide'
The paragraph of numbered points in the Playing Technique section is written like a 'beginner's guide to playing'. This should be changed, or as suggested before, moved to somewhere more appropriate. Mickthefish 16:14, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
I agree. I am taking this section out, as it has hardly any reason to be here. This information isn't anything that pertains only to the alto horn, it pertains to all brass. A link could be placed at the bottom, but it shouldn't be on this page. PhorkPhace (talk) 02:11, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
Call me ignorant, but I don't see any correlation between the Tales of Symphonia character and the alto horn. The word "genis" doesn't even appear in the article. So, just out of curiosity, why on Earth does "Genis" redirect to the Alto horn page and not the Tales character? 22.214.171.124 22:41, 10 October 2007 (UTC)
- I think it's because Genis is the Italian name for Alto Horn. TrumpetMan202 21:06, 17 October 2007 (UTC)
An editor has removed my contribution that "peck horn" is an alternate name for the alto horn. I first became aware of this instrument when a line in The Music Man mentioned "peck horns". Since I expected others might be interested in finding what a "peck horn" is, and since this is probably the most commonly known name for the instrument among the general public, I thought it was worth mentioning the name in this article.
- It's listed in the section under "Naming Issues." Here's the exact quote: "In the U.S., it is colloquially known as the "peck horn". This name is mentioned in The Music Man." Does that address your concern? WeisheitSuchen (talk) 16:51, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
- Recently added further citations to that colloquial usage. Jaxdelaguerre (talk) 04:36, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
Django Bates playing the tenor horn? I've looked at his page and although he's a great musician, it seems as though the tenor horn is a bit of a joke to him. Has he recorded or composed anything that we could access? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bruce Myers (talk • contribs) 11:33, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
Someone added the following:
- Tim Girling - solo horn player for the Australian National Band, based in Canberra.
However, I cannot verify the existence of an Australian National Band (excuse my ignorance), merely an Australian National Band competition, in which some bands in Canberra have participated. There is apparently a brass player named Tim Girling who plays for the Salvation Army Band of Canberra. Does anyone know of this player? Jaxdelaguerre (talk) 05:44, 28 September 2009 (UTC)
- Hey mate, I have heard of that guy. He plays Solo Horn for Woden Valley Corps Band (a Salvation Army citadel in Canberra), but I'm not sure about the Australian National Band thing. -- Parradudes (talk) 00:36, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
French Horn Shape
There are also alto horns built in French horn shape:
- You're right, I've edited to note that instrument is valved, moved morphological information out of History to Description, and added reference to Cerveny's unusually shaped Alto Horns. Jaxdelaguerre (talk) 14:31, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
Two conclusions currently expressed in Description
- composers were discouraged from writing for the instrument due to intrinsic factors
- market dominated by two makers