[Dixielandjazz] euphonium

mmckay macjazz at se.rr.com
Thu Jun 8 14:14:00 PDT 2006

 Good job Rich. I was working on the concept of "sort of conical" and that
handles it.

The explanation I was always given was that the sound waves of the conical
bore instruments "tumble and roll" and so blend in/blend together well.
Trumpet and that side of the brasses have a tubular shape that tends to put
much more edge on the sound waves (again, think of sound waves taking on a
circular saw shape -- the analogy shape wise is on fair, but the concept is
good) and so they cut through the other instruments rather than blend. Ergo,
trumpets in an orchestra or if you want the sound to cut through, cornets
where you want more blend and homogony.

That got me though various music classes in the past.


Martin D. McKay

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Quoting Bill Gunter <jazzboard at hotmail.com>:

> So . . .
> (1) What, precisely is a euphonium (does the word "conical" fit in 
> here anywhere)?
AFAIK, The general consensus is Greek(or maybe Latin)"Euphos"=Beautiful
"Phonium" =Sound  but that is not proven. The Euphonium is conical bore, as
is the tuba and Cornet and Fluglehorn.  
The term Baritone Horn was interchangable in the US, but not other parts of
the world and many US Euphonists have now been educated to know the
diference ;-)  (Baritone, Tenor and Alto Horns tend to be less conical,
leaning towards the trumpet family.) Double-Bell Euphoniums were supposed to
combine the two families with a Bb Euph conical and a Tenor Horn straight
bore section, with some variation.

Somewhere there is a chart with all the variations in brasswind names around
the world - I will try to find it later...
> (2) What is the plural of euphonium (probably depends on which grammar 
> rules you follow)?

Euphonia, Euphoniums, a bunch of Euphonies, who the heck knows!

Dave Richoux
Not a stupid question at all!

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