Definition of flugelhorn in US English:


(also fluegelhorn, flügelhorn)


  • A valved brass musical instrument like a cornet but with a mellower tone.

    • ‘In addition to Ani's profound lyrics and fearless voice, the diverse variety of instruments - including clarinet, saxophone, flute, trumpet, and flugelhorn creates a uniquely blended sound.’
    • ‘Byron Wallen switches between trumpet and flugelhorn, whilst Ed Jones likewise moves from soprano to tenor horns.’
    • ‘Listen up for Alex van Heerden hanging his flugelhorn notes just a tad above the soft tones of the other instruments.’
    • ‘Heckelphone, ondes-martenot, tubax, contrabassoon, serpent, octobasse, flugelhorn, euphonium are examples of musical instruments whose sex appeal does not live up to their exotic sounding names.’
    • ‘But then he whips out a flugelhorn and plays a solo worthy of Maynard Ferguson, and I thought: now that I cannot buy.’
    • ‘Over the years, McPhee has become adept on alto and soprano saxes, value trombone, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, cornet, and various clarinets.’
    • ‘The duo has assembled a smooth, spacey collection of downtempo tunes using real guest players on instruments such as deep double bass and fanciful flugelhorn.’
    • ‘The 47-year-old flugelhorn player - who lives on the same street as former Miss Universe Mpule Kwelagobe in Botswana - used to play the flugelhorn in school before turning pro in 1986.’
    • ‘The jazz motif returns for the eclectic ‘Paul's Birthday ’, which combines busy cymbal work, a melodic fragment on flugelhorn, harp glissandi, and eventually, a tough beat.’
    • ‘Along the way he influenced Miles Davis and pioneered the use of the flugelhorn in jazz.’
    • ‘The improbable combo, including stand-up bass and flugelhorn, is as incongruous as its frontman.’
    • ‘He writes, ‘The usual symphony orchestra is used, with the addition of three saxophones and flugelhorn.’’
    • ‘The delicate layers of percussion, viola, double bass, trumpet and flugelhorn soothe and seduce the ears, but it's Williams' tender vocals that lull the listener into submission.’
    • ‘The orchestra required is a large one, including such unusual instruments as six buccine [ancient Roman trumpets], five flugelhorns, two tavoletta, sirens and a klaxon.’
    • ‘They include the drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, as well as many of the less traditional instruments such as block flute, harmonium and flugelhorn.’
    • ‘Nor is it all normal trumpets: this CD boasts piccolo trumpets, bass trumpets, cornets and flugelhorns, as well as a smattering of percussion.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Young doesn't use trumpets and flugelhorns, as Hayden occasionally does, though he does make sure you can hear his words.’
    • ‘Plucked and drawn strings, sitar and flugelhorn (no joke) accent a ballad easily on par with its inspirations.’
    • ‘Slean was backed by a crack six piece band, including a string section and Sarah McElcheran on trumpet, flugelhorn and what appeared to be a conch shell.’
    • ‘Because of the fine blend, there are times in the music when Allemano is playing flugelhorn and Carn is playing trombone that it is hard to tell where one leaves off and the other begins.’


Mid 19th century: from German Flügelhorn, from Flügel ‘wing’ + Horn ‘horn’.