Featured 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
  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 stamp...no 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

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

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

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  8. BettyBoop

    BettyBoop Active Member

    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

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    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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  13. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Here's the only two that I have.

    1372 WC Handy Father of the Blues 6C.jpg 1614 Marching Music 7.7C.jpg
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  14. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    I did not know the word trombone.In German it is "Posaune".
    I often walked by passing a house with a plaque: "Posaunenwerk der
    Evangelischen Kirche"."Posaunenwerk" sounded very strange to me,
    because if translated wordly,it is "Trombones Factory of the Protestant
    However meant is the central organisation,founded in 1894,renamed to Trombone "Choruses" in 1994 of the Lutheran Churches in Germany.
    There are about 7000 "choruses with more than 100.000 wind-players.
    Here the stamp,commemorating the "Posaunen Chöre",issued
    March 1st,2014:
    Bund 1.3.14.jpg
    A rather colourfull,but "flat" design,"nicely" enhanced by a first-day
    cancel.What at least,shows a trombone quite clearly.
    I think,but don´t know,that the idea of trombone choruses comes
    from the "fall of the walls of Jericho",told in the bible.
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  15. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    Sousaphone. No marching band would be without several.

    Interesting stamp...almost looks like a cindy...

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  16. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    The Clarinet. Backbone of the woodwind (‘single-reed’) instruments. Clarinets are used in just about all forms of music – swing, jazz, orchestral.

    We are most familiar with the B-flat flavor, but there are quite a few others: D, A high-G and E-flat. Also the bass clarinet and – an instrument with a wonderful sound – the basset horn.

    For beginners, some instruments – such as the strings – take months before he or she can get a decent sound out of them. But with the B-flat clarinet within weeks they can be playing Twinkle-Twinkle-Little-Star almost as well as Pete Fountain or Benny Goodman! (Not to say it is easy to play at the top levels, of course.)

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  17. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Instrumente Berlin 666.jpg
    Concert-Harp,issued April15th,1982;
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  18. Molokai

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    Saxophone, perhaps ‘king of the woodwinds.’ Although made of brass, they have the oscillating reed as opposed to vibrating lips (brass instruments), classifying them as woodwind.

    Typically, not used in orchestral music but very popular in bands and jazz. There are ten sizes of the saxophone, but the three most popular are soprano (looks like a brass clarinet although it also is made looking like a very small alto!), alto and tenor. To my ears the tenor has the most interesting sound, very throaty and sophisticated.

    Many great players, of course, Boots Randolph is my favorite. His awesome Yakety-Sax was high up on the popular music charts early in the 1960s. You can see and hear him playing this piece on YouTube – he really gives it all he’s got!

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  19. DonSellos

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    And not to mention, everyone's favorite president of the last century, Bill Clinton!!!:D

  20. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Instrumente Berlin 872.jpg
    The Drehorgel (barrel-organ) was a quite familiar sight in my youth.
    I know it usually on wheels,so that it could be pushed by the player.
    Players were often disabled war-veterans.
    I think the noise of modern-day traffic killed the Drehorgel.
    I have not seen one for many years.
    I know,that they have quite impressive big barrel-organs in the
    Netherlands and (dis)play them on festivals.
    Stamp issued on May 3rd,1990.
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