As an alternative to the Viennese horn, this is a very different solo horn: The triple horn, Yamaha's master instrument in F/Bb/high F, has been recorded down to the lowest register (A1). In the world of music the Viennese horn is known for its particularly colorful tone. In modern orchestral practice, however, it is a rarity – only very few European orchestras still use it (e.g. the Vienna Philharmonic).
Requires the ViennaKey.
In the world of music the Viennese horn is known for its particularly colorful tone. In modern orchestral practice, however, it is a rarity - only very few European orchestras still use it (e.g. the Vienna Philharmonic). It is regarded as a very difficult instrument to play, but the sound contains a greater number of harmonics and therefore has a brighter sound when compared directly to the double horn. As an alternative, the Vienna Symphonic Library also offers the triple horn.
This horn ensemble consists of 4 players, similar to the instrumentation of the romantic orchestra. In some works of composers like, e.g., Richard Strauss and Anton Bruckner, the horn ensemble required up to eight musicians in order to – e.g., by doubling – achieve an especially fat and strong sound (for which purpose we recommend the purchase of our Epic Horns).
The horn ensemble of eight double horns has been known as the 'Epic Horns' since our Horizon Series sample libraries. It is an impressive sounding body that not only fulfills the sonic ideal of the theatrical late Romantic orchestra but also meets the challenge of "larger than life" scores for modern cinema.
The Euphonium (sometimes called baritone or bass bugle) has approximately the same range as the violoncellos. Although some composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams or Gustav Holst wrote pieces for Euphonium, it appears only rarely in the orchestra; however, it is very common in brass and military music.
The sound of the bass tuba is mellow, soft and round and can also be used for humorous effects. The bass and contrabass tubas are the largest and lowest-pitched brass instruments in the orchestra, where the tuba player sits together with the trombone section.
The heavy, majestic sound of the contrabass tuba is described as the sound of the earth, deep underground, when layers slowly shift and cover each other. In all registers the tone is richer, rounder and darker than the one of the bass tuba and sounds less metallic than the bass and contrabass trombones.
As the name suggests, this instrument was designed by Richard Wagner for his "Ring des Nibelungen". Since their introduction into the orchestra they have been used in pairs. Because the Wagner tuba has a horn mouthpiece it is played by hornists. Playing technique and position underscore the fact that the instrument is molded entirely on the French horn.
The term cimbasso emerged in Italy at the beginning of the 19th century and is probably an abbreviation of corno in basso (bass horn), but it is a member of the tuba family and also usually played by a tubist. Its timbre is highly homogeneous throughout its range. Dramatic changes of register are not apparent. The overall sound is surprisingly mellow and warm, rich and resonant.
The ViennaKey is a USB protection device by eLicenser (formerly Syncrosoft) and is required to run any of the Vienna products (including Instrument Collections, Special Editions, Single Instruments, and Vienna Symphonic Library software).
The ViennaKey is not included and must be purchased separately. If you already have another eLicenser USB protection device (e.g., from Steinberg or Arturia), you may use it for Vienna products, too. Otherwise we recommend ordering a ViennaKey together with your first Vienna Symphonic Library purchase.
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