Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Half Moon (bugle or flügelhorn) in D

Maker:
Erdmuthe Juliane Liebel (German, active Dresden 1810–1815) (Widow of Christian Wilhelm Liebel)
Date:
1813
Geography:
Dresden, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Brass, nickel-silver
Dimensions:
Bell Diam. (widest).15.1 x L. (perpendicular to bell) 44.6cm (5 15/16 x 17 9/16in.)
Classification:
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2492
Not on view
One of the major tasks assigned to brass instruments was to signal and announce. The cavalry used trumpets while the infantry choose bugle horns for many military functions that included marking the time of day and alerting troops in the field. Bugles appear in many forms during the nineteenth century. Starting with the half moon, these forms incorporated a variety of coiled configurations for the tube, a feature that had no effect upon the tone quality. Mail-coach postmen in continental Europe used post horns, short coiled bugles, to signal the arrival and departure of the mail. This instrument was originally used for the hunt, half moons were also introduced to the military in the second half of the eighteenth century.
Marking: (engraved on applied bell rim) [crown surmounting oval crest]/C. W. LIEBELS WITTBE IN DRESDEN 1813
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
"The Brass Instrument Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York." Historic Brass Society Journal (1999), vol. 11, pg. 115.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 175.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 175.



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