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Definition of the noun Ophicleide

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noun - plural: ophicleides

  1. [music] A keyed brass baritone bugle, now replaced by the tuba in orchestral music


  1. The ophicleide is a keyed brass instrument similar to the tuba. It is a conical-bore keyed instrument belonging to the bugle family and has a similar shape to the sudrophone.
    • also known as Oficlide
  2. Ophicleide and Contra Ophicleide are powerful pipe organ reed pipes used as organ stops. The name comes from the early brass instrument, the ophicleide, forerunner of the euphonium.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ophicleide

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Google previewTintin: Hergé and His Creation (2011)

Hergé and His Creation by Harry Thompson

An ophicleide is a musical ...

Google previewFranz Liszt and His World (2010)

by Christopher H. Gibbs, Dana Gooley

The ophicleide is a low brass instrument known for its appearances in the Symphonie fantastique of Berlioz, operas by Meyerbeer (e.g., Robert le diable of 1831), and ...

Google previewThe Musical Language of Berlioz (1983)

by Julian Rushton

The ophicleide is a noble instrument, but it ...

Google previewThe Musical World (1845)

” The reed stops, particularly the posaune, voxhumana, hautboy, cornopean, and great ophicleide, are, it may fairly be said, unrivalled. The ophicleide is a stop of very recent invention, and of ponderous tone, surpassing the whole power of the organ; it produces a prodigious ...

Google previewThe Imperial Dictionary (1861)

English, Technological, and Scientific by John Ogilvie

The ophicleide is an instrument of far superior utility.

Google previewNew York Weekly Review (1854)

The ophicleide is a base 'instrument, or rather double base, as it plays notes upon the base staff, an octave below the violoncello. It ha« a compass of about two octaves, ...

Google previewMini Music Guides: Dictionary of Music (2013)

All the Essential Terms, Composers, and Theory in an Easy-to-Follow Format! by L. C. Harnsberger

ophicleide (AW-fi-kleid): The bass key bugle. Parts originally written for the ophicleide are now played by the tuba. Opp.: The abbreviation for opera, which is the plural of opus.

Google previewEssential Dictionary of Music Definitions

by L. C. Harnsberger

ophicleide (AW-fi-kleid): The bass key bugle. Parts originally written for the ophicleide are now played by the tuba. Opp.: The abbreviation for opera, which is the plural of opus.

Google previewThe popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1875)

OPHICLEIDE, a musical bass instrument wholly composed of brass, and very effective in military j bands. It has many advantages over the serpent, which it has almost entirely superseded. It has a large compass of notes, and has a strong and powerful tone, stronger than the bassoon, but duller and not so quavering. The ophicleide used in military bands is on the key of B flat; that used in orchestras is on the key of C, and has a compass of three full octaves, 618 rising from the C given ...

Google previewA New Dictionary of Music (2017)

by Arthur Jacobs

OPHICLEIDE, obsolete bass instrument made of metal and 'having keys; used in the orchestra (e.g. by Berlioz, Mendelssohn, early Verdi) as an improvement on the SERPENT, but was itself superseded about 1850 by the tuba, on which instrument the parts intended for the ophicleide are now normally played. The key bugle (or keyed bugle, or Kent bugle) was an instrument of related type, but roughly of bugle size and pitch; it had some ...

Google previewKnight's American Mechanical Dictionary (1875)

Being a Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering

Ophicleide. Bombardon. Bass-tuba. Brass instruments with mouth-piece * Men, women, children, and artiVoices . - ficial soprani. Kettle-drum. Cymbals (ancient). Sets of bells. Of definite sonorousness Glockenspiel. Dulcimer. Keyed harmonica. Bells. Drum. Long drum. sonorousness, Tambourine. Cymbal Triangle. Gong. Pavillon chinois . Wariable and producing characteristic sounds . - See under the following heads: Accordeon.

Google previewThe Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2017)

South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean by Dale A. Olsen, Daniel E. Sheehy

The orquesta típica, a historical ensemble no longer popular, consisted of two clarinets, two violins, a string bass, a cornet or a trumpet, a valve or slide trombone, an ophicleide (bombardino), pailas, and a güiro. The oldest European- derived instrumental ensemble in Cuba, it has fallen into disuse. Its repertoire included contradanzas, habaneras, rigadoons (rigodones), lancers, danzas, and danzones. In 1879, Miguel Failde, a musician from Matanzas, composed and played the first ...

Google previewThe New American Cyclopaedia: a Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge (1864)

by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana

OPHICLEIDE OPHTHALMIA 527 land, in which the words are partly spoken, partly sung. Opinions, formerly much divided as to its origin, seem now to incline to the belief that the idea of the opera is derived from the Greek drama ; and it is said to have become a recognized form of dramatio composition as early as the latter half of the 15th century. There is great doubt, however, whether any work entitled to be called an opera was publicly produced previous to the year 1600, when ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (2016)

11th Edition by Various Authors

Those which give out the fundamental tone and harmonics up to the eighth, such as the tubas and ophicleide.

Google previewA Thomas Hardy Dictionary (1989)

with maps and a chronology by F. B. Pinion

ophicleide, a strong wind-instrument, developed from the serpent. The A Thomas Hardy Dictionary 201.

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Baritone horn; euphonium Bombardon : Early ninteenth- century ophicleide; ...

Google previewThe Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary (Music Instruction) (1993)

by Hal Leonard Corp.

ophicleide (AW-fi-kleid ): In the brass family, a large, keyed bass bugle played in the upright position. Op. Posth.

Google previewDictionary of Music (1983)

by Theodore Karp

Ophicleide: a keyed brass instrument of low range. Opus (plural: opera [L]): Work: a single piece or a set of pieces.

Google previewWebster's Unabridged Dictionary 1913 (2017)

111.716 definitions & 1.55 mill cross-references by Noah Webster

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Ophicleide Meaning

Video shows what ophicleide means. A keyed brass baritone bugle, now replaced by the tuba in orchestral music. Ophicleide Meaning. How to pronounce ...

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