Definitions

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  • noun music A long, curved, wooden horn used by mountain-dwelling herders in the Alps originally to call cattle but now only as musical instrument in classical and folk tunes

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Examples

  • Edward Taylor/The Wall Street Journal The alphorn is a 12-foot-long wooden folk instrument traditionally played by Swiss shepherds.

    Rocking the Alphorn

  • Designed for two players, one yodels while the other plays a monster skin-horn (aka alphorn).

    'Alpine Legend' Coming To XBox 360 - Geekologie

  • He takes about 20 hours to complete a handmade alphorn, which sell for thousands of dollars.

    Photos of the Day: Aug. 27

  • In Friday's photos, German towns get flooded, a pig is rescued from debris and ash in the Philippines, an alphorn maker tests his wares in Switzerland and more.

    Photos of the Day: Aug. 27

  • Athletes run next to a man blowing an alphorn during the sixth Geneva Marathon of UNICEF on Sunday in Geneva.

    Sports Snapshots

  • Arnold Schoenberg becomes a jaunty little alphorn tune (complete with a suggested fingering, brought to you by the letter B):

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Arnold Schoenberg becomes a jaunty little alphorn tune (complete with a suggested fingering, brought to you by the letter B):

    Letter Aria

  • She has brought the alphorn out of its pastoral roots, teaming up with David Richards, a music producer who previously worked with the rock band Queen, to produce a CD with blues, funk and rock tunes.

    When She Blows the Alphorn,

  • Carbon Fiber Horns Advances in technology and design have helped the alphorn broaden its appeal.

    When She Blows the Alphorn,

  • "'Learn to play the alphorn' is what she told me," Ms. Stahel says.

    When She Blows the Alphorn,

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