The French horn
What's a French horn?
A brass instrument with a coiled tube,valves and a wide bell,developed from the simple hunting horn in the 17th century.It is played with the right hand in the bell to soften the tone and increase the range of valuable harmonics.
How to play the French horn?
The French horn is one of the most difficult of the standard orchestral wind instruments to play.Mastery happens through dedicated practice and perseverance.The reward of playing versatile instrument is indescribable.
Who invented the French horn?
"According to the historic brass society,"Heinrich Stoelzel (1777-1844),a member of the band of the Prince of Pless,invented a valve which he applied to the horn in july of 1814(considered the first French horn)"
As the name indicates,humans originally used to blow on actual horns of animals before starting to emulate them in metal.This original usage survives in the shofar,a Ram's horn,which plays an important role in Jewish religious rituals.