brass instrument


Definition of brass instrument

: any of a group of wind instruments (such as a French horn, trombone, trumpet, or tuba) that is usually characterized by a long cylindrical or conical metal tube commonly curved two or more times and ending in a flared bell, that produces tones by the vibrations of the player's lips against a usually cup-shaped mouthpiece, and that usually has valves or a slide by which the player may produce all the tones within the instrument's range

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Recent Examples on the Web Orchestras of the time were not a static phenomenon, but an evolving one, making use of the latest evolving technology as regards the woodwind and brass instruments, rather as Beethoven’s symphonies evolved. John Eliot Gardiner, New York Times, "A Revolutionary Approach to Beethoven: Period Instruments," 14 Feb. 2020 The 46-year-old Merry TubaChristmas is a feel-good holiday tradition that offers throaty brass instruments a rare chance to take center stage. Washington Post, "15 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 9 Dec. 2019 Thousands of costumed chefs, milk maidens, and soldiers play wooden barrel drums and brass instruments for 24 hours for La Tamborrada. National Geographic, "What are your New Year's travel resolutions?," 31 Dec. 2019 Frank had made a similar photograph in 1952, in Spain, capturing a man with his face partially obscured by the bell of a brass instrument. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Robert Frank’s photographs captured the bleak reality we’re still living in today," 10 Sep. 2019 The 46-year-old Merry TubaChristmas is a feel-good holiday tradition that offers throaty brass instruments a rare chance to take center stage. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, "Holiday happenings," 26 Nov. 2019 The tuba is an upright brass instrument, whereas the sousaphone performer enters the opening of the instrument — head first — and the tubing rests on his/her left shoulder, bell front. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Wrong! How come TV and the movies sometimes have trouble with the details?," 4 Sep. 2019 Shnurov describes Leningrad’s original sound as a mixture of vampire rock mixed with Soviet prison music and brass instruments to give it punch. Sabra Ayres, Los Angeles Times, "How Russia’s biggest rock star gets away with speaking truth to power (a.k.a. Putin)," 30 Aug. 2019 Most of the brass instrument guys at the time were the ones who played at funerals! San Diego Union-Tribune, "Russia’s top Chicago tribute band, Leonid & Friends, back in the USA," 7 Aug. 2019

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1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Brass instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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