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family of valved brass instruments that have conical bores and deep cup-shaped mouthpieces
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  • valve horns with wider bore
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  • 1845
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The saxhorns form a family of seven brass instruments (although at one point ten different sizes seem to have existed). Designed for band use, they are pitched alternately in Eb and Bb, like the saxophone group.

Modern saxhorns still manufactured and in use:

  • Bb soprano saxhorn: flugelhorn[1]
  • Eb alto/tenor saxhorn: alto/tenor horn
  • Bb baritone saxhorn: baritone horn
  • The Bb bass, Eb bass, and Bb contrabass saxhorns are basically the same as the modern euphonium, Eb bass tuba, and BBb contrabass tuba, respectively.

Historically, much confusion exists as to the nomenclature of the various instruments in different languages.

The following table lists the members of the saxhorn family as described in the orchestration texts of Hector Berlioz and Cecil Forsyth, the J. Howard Foote catalog of 1893, and modern names. The modern instrument names continue to exhibit inconsistency, denoted by a "/" between the two names in use. In the table "Pitch" means the concert pitch of notational Middle C on each instrument (2nd partial, no valves depressed) in scientific pitch notation.

Foote Berlioz Forsyth Modern Pitch
--- Sopranino in C/Bb --- C5/Bb4
Soprano in Eb Sopranino in Eb Sopranino/Soprano in Eb --- Eb4
Alto in Bb Soprano in Bb Soprano/Alto in Bb flugelhorn Bb3
Alto in Eb Tenor in Eb Alto in Eb Alto/Tenor in Eb alto/tenor horn Eb3
Tenor in Bb Baritone in Bb Tenor in Bb Tenor/Baritone in Bb baritone horn Bb2
Baritone in Bb Bass in Bb Bass in Bb Baritone/Bass in Bb euphonium
Bass in Eb Contrabass in Eb Bass in Eb Bass in Eb Eb bass tuba Eb2
--- Contrabass in Bb Contrabass in Bb Contrabass in Bb BBb contrabass tuba Bb1
Contrabass in Eb Contrabass in low Eb --- Eb1
--- Bourdon in Bb Bb0

This list is not exhaustive of historic nomenclature for the saxhorns, for which there may exist no comprehensive and authoritative source.

  1. Greg's Brass History Page – Flugelhorn History. Retrieved on 2018-03-13.


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