Brass instruments
(bras IN-struh-ments)


[Eng.]


The family of wind instruments which are made of a brass or silver tube (either cylindrical bore or conical bore) that flares into a bell at the end, have cupped mouthpieces similar to that of a trumpet, and usually have valves or slides. The members of this family include the trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba and their families.


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SUGGESTED LISTENING EXAMPLES:

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Op. 8, No. 3, "Autumn", III (brass quintet transcription)
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 2, Track 50
Bach: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080. Contrapunctus 1
W. W. Norton - 4-CD Musical Example Bank -- Disc 1, Track 25

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