Swiss Alpine horn players break record on mountaintop

A gathering of 508 alphorn players broke the world record for the largest ensemble of people playing the alphorn, on the Gornergrat in front of the Matterhorn mountain.      A gathering of 508 alphorn players broke the world record for the largest ensemble of people playing the alphorn, on the Gornergrat in front of the Matterhorn mountain. (Ruben Sprich/Reuters)

Posted by Reuters – 18 August 2013

More than 500 Alpine horn players blew away the world record for the largest ensemble of people playing the instrument on Saturday in the Swiss region of Zermatt, home to the Matterhorn mountain.

The musicians, clad in traditional Swiss costume, gathered on the Gornergrat ridge, more than 3,000 metres above sea level, to perform a piece specially composed for their wooden horns.

The 508 players broke a record set in 2009, when 366 musicians took part in a concert.

The instrument, known as an alphorn and traditionally used for herding animals, can be up to four metres long. It has to be propped up on the ground and its player usually has to stand up to sound it because of its size.

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The Gornergrat Alphorn Festival

Eliana Burki playing the alphorn

Eliana Burki playing the alphorn

History Of  The Alphorn

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How The Alphorn Is Made

Swiss Alpine Music website – (plenty of sounds to listen too)

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