euphonium


eu·pho·ni·um

noun \yü-ˈfō-nē-əm\

Definition of EUPHONIUM

:  a brass instrument smaller than but resembling a tuba and having a range from B flat below the bass staff upward for three octaves

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Origin of EUPHONIUM

Greek euphōnos + English -ium (as in harmonium)
First Known Use: 1865

Rhymes with EUPHONIUM

euphonium

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Large valved brass instrument, the leading lower-pitched instrument in military bands. It developed from the valved bugle and cornet in Germany c. 1840. It has four valves and a wide conical bore resembling the tuba's. Its range is an octave below the trumpet and cornet. It is played either vertically or with the bell facing forward. The very similar baritone has the same range and transposition and is distinguished only by its narrower bore. Both are essential members of bands of all kinds and are often given significant solo roles.

Variants of EUPHONIUM

euphonium or tenor tuba

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