Keyed bugle in E-flat

Elbridge G. Wrightabout 1854

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Boston, MA, United States

The keyed bugle was the principal solo instrument in American brass bands prior to the advent of the valved cornet. E. G. Wright was perhaps America's most noted maker of brass instruments during the nineteenth century, and he crafted numerous keyed bugles from precious metals as presentation pieces for famous bandleaders and soloists. According to the inscription on its bell, this instrument was given in 1854 to Joseph J. Brenan, leader of the Marietta, Ohio, town band.


  • Title: Keyed bugle in E-flat
  • Date Created: about 1854
  • Physical Dimensions: h445 mm
  • Type: Musical instruments-Aerophones
  • Rights: Gift of The Seminarians and Friends in memory of Warren C. Moffett. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.
  • External Link: http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/keyed-bugle-in-e-flat-51453
  • Medium: Silver
  • Inscription: Engraved on bell: Presented to / Joseph J. Brenan / BY THE / Marietta Band / 1854 / MADE BY E.G. WRIGHT BOSTON
  • City, state, country: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • By: Elbridge G. Wright

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