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Viennese Instruments


music acoustics viennese instruments IWKThe most significant diefferencies to the worldwide used Instruments can be found at the horns (Vienna Horn), oboes (Vienna Oboe) and timpanies (Vienna Timpany). Their particular acoustical properties and its consequences on the playing technique contribute significantly to the sound of the Viennese Orchestras.

The "Viennese Clarinet" is a slightly modified German model (Oehler System). The main differnce concerns the Mouthpiece: whilst the gap between the tip of the reed and the mouthpiece of the german model is 1mm, the Viennese instrument provides only 0.7 mm. Consequently a more "heavy" reed has to be used which causes in general a darker sound.

Concerning the bassoons, Viennese Orchestras use the German model. Differencies to Germany can be found only in the playing technique: Viennese bassoon player prefer  so called "long" notes.

In Vienna the German Trumpet with Rotary Valves is used.

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