Thursday, January 27, 2011

Alphorn & French Horn Concert

I had the recent honor of hosting 
an alphorn and French horn duet.

That's Tim Dyess of Durham on alphorn 

(click to view video)

and Sandy Svoboda playing French horn.

Shepherds in mountainous regions of Europe 

used the instrument to herd cattle. 

(It attracts cows.) 

The first written reference to the alphorn 

appeared in 1527, but scholars believe 

villages in earlier times used it to signal each 

other and as a substitute for church bells.

The world's longest alphorn
is 154 feet, eight inches long.
Actually, there are two
built by competing instrument makers.