reed instrument


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n reed instrument a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
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In literature:

Jonah breathed slowly into the reeds, up and down the scale, testing the compass of the instrument.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone
It is furnished with a row of brass reeds, like those of the instrument called the Seraphine.
"Letters of a Traveller" by William Cullen Bryant
OBOE, a treble-sounding musical instrument of the reed class, to which the bassoon is reckoned the bass.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The vocal instrument is unlike any other musical instrument; it most nearly approaches a reed instrument.
"The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song" by F. W. Mott
Her instrument is the reed, not the lyre.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
The tone, as in all the reed instruments of the period, was strong and often bleating.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
Their music is also of a ruder kind, having neither flutes nor reeds, nor instruments of any other sort, that we saw, except drums of various sizes.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
There among the flowers were hundreds of tiny beings, some playing on tiny reed instruments and flower horns, while others sang.
"Raggedy Ann Stories" by Johnny Gruelle
These instruments were made by binding with cane five to ten reeds of graduated lengths.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
In this picture she is shown holding in her hands an instrument of reeds, which may be taken as the beginning of the organ of later days.
"Raphael" by Estelle M. Hurll
But more probably it was one of the older reed instruments of the oboe family, the pommer or possibly a schalmei.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
This small reed-instrument will not let go; it holds on to that F sharp like a mortgage.
"Second Book of Tales" by Eugene Field
From somewhere on the distant hillside came the sweet, shrill quaver of a reed instrument.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
It has been compared, by many physiologists, to a wind, reed, and stringed instrument.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Vegetal forms, excepting where in use as instruments or utensils, as reeds and gourds, were not copied.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
This organ is a vibrating instrument, resembling, in principle, the reed of a clarionet.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
A primitive type of the instrumental musician is the shepherd who first notched a reed and drew sounds from it while his sheep were cropping.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
Besides the organ, reed and string instruments are used to accompany the singing during important festivals.
"The Story of Seville" by Walter M. Gallichan
The music of the native tom-toms and reed instruments was exceedingly doleful.
"The Broncho Rider Boys Along the Border" by Frank Fowler
Do the people construct wind-instruments with a vibrating reed, or some similar contrivance, inserted in the mouth-hole?
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel

In poetry:

And as at dawn across the level mead
On wings impetuous some wind will come,
And with its too harsh kisses break the reed
Which was its only instrument of song,
"Silentium Amoris" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Reed and instrument-accessory manufacturing company Vandoren has partnered with music competition organization Music For All to present the third annual Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition.
Dutz plays over twenty different percussion instruments and Golia over ten different reed instruments on over seventy-three minutes of music.
Discover how the harmonica , inspired by the ancient free-reed Chinese sheng, was developed to its modern form by German instrument makers.
Instrumentation Grade Reed Relays.
Bill Cole, Coltrane scholar and player of several exotic double-reed instruments, salutes his late friend and collaborator alto saxophonist Sam Furnace on this collection of extended live performances.
Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting miniature switches, sensors and relays , announces its CRF series of instrumentation grade reed relays .
Renowned for his experimentation with ethnic instruments played out of their normal cultural context, Bavarian composer Stephan Micus offers a meditative exploration of the duduk, an Armenian reed instrument, on Towards the Wind (ECM).

In science:

There are no resonant pipes, as in typical wind instruments, to selectively reinforce certain harmonic components in free-reed instruments.
Music in Terms of Science
As a standard practice, skilled harmonica players can bend the pitch of their instrument by exploiting the coupling of the reeds to the vocal tract of the player as well as the coupling between the two reeds (one for each direction of airflow) sharing a single reed chamber.
Music in Terms of Science
Cottingham, J. 2011 Acoustics of free-reed instruments.
Music in Terms of Science