Musical Instruments on Stamps

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by Molokai, May 25, 2020.

  1. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    I thought I would start a Musical Instruments on Stamps thread. Perhaps we can build an orchestra!

    My favorite instruments are the viola, English horn and French horn. Current favorite depends on which one I’ve last heard. :) I played drums from 4th-12th grade and while I got fairly good at it, I always wanted to play a melodic instrument. I quit in 12th grade when a kid beat me out for 1st chair which I had held since 8th grade. I took German instead which came in handy for me. I did purchase an Alto Sax in high school, taught myself a little…but without guided instruction I didn’t get very far.

    Of course, to play any instrument at the professional level is exceedingly difficult and requires a natural talent. That said, my impression is the French Horn is perhaps the most difficult to play well. I am open to other opinions!



    Franch HornStamp.jpg
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  2. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Wikipedia had to help me with the English Horn.
    French Horn,Wald-Horn in German,is more familiar.
    For the Klavi(a)chord,(below),again Wikipedia had to help.
    To me an amazing instrument.
    I D 228.jpg
    issued Jan.27th,1956
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  3. Molokai

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    Concur! A beautiful instrument with many moods.

    The Cello is right up there towards the top for me. So many great cellists! My fav would be Gregor Piatigorsky tho I love watching Yo-Yo Ma.

    I tried to find a Bass Clarinet on a luck.

  4. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Could not find anything about this instrument:
    I Japan 648.jpg
    The glas-flute
    I Japan 648A.jpg
    stamp issued Nov.1st,1955
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  5. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    Last edited: May 27, 2020
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  6. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    I D 2991.jpg
    issued March 1st,2013

    Could well be a stamp to commemorate the phrase for actors to train the correct pronunciation of the german "sch" !
    "Schabe Dein Cello schäbiger Schuft !"
    (The C in Cello is pronouced in German like sch in the other words.)
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  7. Molokai

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    Timpani. A difficult instrument to master but figures heavily in classical music.

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  8. BettyBoop

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    Hi again, on going through my "art" collection, I discovered these two - "Self-portrait as Lute Player" by Jan Steen, and "The Guitar Player" by Vermeer, issued in 1967.
    Sharjah is one of the Trucial States on the Persian Gulf, and in 1971 joined with others to form the UAR. It produces generally not well-printed stamps with nothing to do with the country, just for mad collectors.
  9. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    Closest I can find for Bassoon on a stamp. The largest of the double-reeds save for the contrabassoon. I remember the bassoon as Grandfather in Peter and the Wolf.

    Shostakovitch scored some of his symphonies of multiple bassoons. His 13th (my favorite) has three bassoons one of which is a contra. He was in-and-out of trouble with the Soviet authorities much of his career; quite deep yogurt after his 4th symphony. His 5th was labelled “A Soviet Artist’s Response To Justified Criticism.” Maybe Stalin did not like the sound of the bassoon? :lock:

    In other news and regards this image - I just read USPS has discontinued its custom stamps program...seemed like a great idea to me, but how many businesses use stamps in quantity these days? :(

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  10. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Instrumente Berlin 459.jpg
    issued Oct.5th,1973
    20 Pfg. hurdy-gurdy
    30 Pfg, drum
    40 Pfg. lute
    70 Pfg. organ
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  11. Molokai

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    The trombone. Usually associated with Swing and Jazz, it often is scored for symphonic/classical music.

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  12. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    The flugelhorn is truly a betwixt-and-between instrument. Of course, there are dozens of varieties of brass instruments. The flugelhorn is said to be – in both size and sound – between the trumpet and the French horn. Musically, it is sometimes a jazz instrument and sometimes a symphonic instrument. It is the brass viola between the violin and cello. To my ears it has a very nice sound.

    Pictured is a very old-style flugelhorn. The standard Bb looks like the second image.


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