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Alphorn Alpenhorn


ALPENHORN, ALPHORN, a musical instrument, con sisting of a natural wooden horn of conical bore, having a cup shaped mouthpiece, used by mountaineers in Switzerland and elsewhere. The well-known Ranz des Vaches is the traditional melody of the alpenhorn, a portion of which is utilized by Beetho ven in the finale of the Pastoral Symphony. Rossini also intro duced the melody in his opera William Tell. The Swiss alpenhorn varies in shape according to the locality.