Dr. Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter & Dr. Tod Kerstetter
Kansas State University
Ricola! The Swiss Alphorn, the Overtone Series, and a Brief History of Wind Instrument Design
102 Cardwell Hall
November 3, 2014
The basics of the overtone series will be demonstrated on the Swiss Alphorn, a simple instrument with no valves or keys. The evolution of valved brass instruments will be explained, including the use of the hand to change pitches on the horn before the invention of valves. The role of the overtone series in the history of woodwind instrument design will also be discussed and demonstrated on the recorder, the clarinet, and the saxophone.