When we were up in the mountains a few weeks ago I was lying in a meadow in the sunshine, and I heard the sound of an alphorn in the distance. As soon as I got up and started walking toward the sound, it stopped. I saw some picnickers nearby.
"Hello, did you hear an alphorn, or was that my imagination?"
"It was your imagination," the woman answered.
I lay back down in the meadow thinking, this must be the Swiss equivalent of searching for fairy music in the Irish countryside.
Later we had lunch in a mountain restaurant and while we were there a man entertained us with his alphorn. I didn't imagine it!
It can be a very majestic sound, especially as when I have heard alphorn played, the music has a slow pace, dignity and gravity to it.
If you would like to hear alphorn for yourself, there's a link to some music at the bottom of the post.