Horns of History
This gallery highlights sculptures of various trumpets from throughout the ages.
While the modern trumpet typically only has 3 valves, this one has two sets of three. I would imagine that the second set allows for a larger range or alternative fingerings to better tune notes.
This simple horn, while unvalved, still resides in the same family as trumpets. Modern trumpets have little embellishment beyond the brand engraving on the bell, but this one is decorated completely.
Another valveless horn, but it appears to have been used for alerting people that a fire wagon in on its way to a fire. As it is more decorated than a modern trumpet, it might be a decoration itself.
Another non-valved horn, this time of the heraldry variety. More or less a bugle, as it cannot play all notes in a scale. There is a place for a banner to hang near the bell of the horn.
The earliest horn in the collection, this piece was likely used in rituals or for hunting purposes. Made of clay, it was formed to resemble a big cat, so likely is from an Asian country.
Another simple horn, this one appears to be played from the opening on the side of the horn. Carved from what appears to be an actual horn or possibly a tusk, it appears older than the 19th century.
This horn is highly decorative, possibly only for decoration and appears to be East Asian in origin, due to the carved stylized dragon. It also appears to be made from a conch shell.
This is the closest to a modern trumpet in the collection, with three standard valves. A cornet is closely related to a trumpet, usually more compact, but this one is much more stylized.
This horn would likely either be for pure decoration or small for ease of travel as a smaller horn would be higher pitched. The engraving on the bell appears to be Roman in origin.
The least like a trumpet in the collection, this closely resembles a modern baritone or euphonium, albeit with 2 or 3 more valves. As an alto instrument, it plays somewhat lower than at trumpet.
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National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
National Museum - New Delhi
de Young Museum
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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