2016-250 – Natural French Horn Mandala

Natural French Horn - by Marcel-Auguste Raoux, Paris, about 1826
Natural French Horn – made by Marcel-Auguste Raoux, Paris, about 1826 (source: public domain)

This week’s MotD theme: The Round of Music

I love the soulful and sometimes melancholy sound of the French Horn. With today’s MotD we’re focusing specifically on the Natural French Horn, the one without valves. Here we can see all the mandala like shapes that make up this beautiful instrument: the bell, the circular curvings of the tubing, and the area where the mouthpiece goes.

About this horn, as stated on wikipedia:

Brass and silver mounts, inside of the bell painted in green and gilt lacquer. The instrument is fitted with a series of changeable medial crooks within the outer coil, so that it could be played in a number of different keys.

About Natural Horns in general as stated on wikipedia:

The natural horn is the ancestor of the modern horn. It is essentially descended from hunting horns, with its pitch controlled by air speed, aperture (opening of the lips through which air passes) and the use of the right hand moving in and out of the bell. Today it is played as a period instrument. The natural horn can only play from a single harmonic series at a time because there is only one length of tubing available to the horn player.

Here are two natural horns being played as part of Beethoven’s 8th Symphony:

Inspiration for Today

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.   – Ludwig van Beethoven

Happy Coloring!

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