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Horns: Music in Basic
The Man with the Horn

Horns are hard, and sometimes pointed, things on the head of an animal like goat or sheep. They are used when the animal makes a fight.

Horns are sometimes taken off the head of a dead animal and used for other purposes. If you make a horn hollow and have it upside down in your hand, you may make use of it for drinking. If you have the pointed top cut off the hollow horn and have the horn upside down, you may make use of it to put gunpowder into the small space in your gun.

A hollow horn without a top was used as an instrument of music. You put the narrow part on your lips, give a push of air into the horn, and your lips make quick, waving moves, making a sound, which gets loud through the horn. These horns were used by caretakers of sheep.

Men of music, working on horn-playing, made new and longer horns, by and by, of wood or metal. They made a discovery that the best metal for horn-making was brass. Metal horns were played by men on horseback and postmen on carriages. Those horns got longer and had new apparatus for playing. They had developments into new and different forms, like french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba. Inventions of new brass instruments like cornet, flugelhorn, tenorhorn, bariton-horn and so on gave births of brass bands in Europe.

In serious writings on music today, these are brass instruments; in everyday talk or writings on music, they are, after all, horns.

One of the best and most noted men in the history of jazz music is a trumpet player named Miles Davis. A selection of his recordings made public in 1981 was The Man with the Horn.






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