Top 10 Music Instruments that Can Represent Animals in Music Compositions

Metal_Treasure
There's a natural connection between music instruments and animal noises - animals can be imitated with basic orchestral instruments.

Greatest examples within the classical canon:
Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saƫns
Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Heinrich Biber's Sonata Representativa

My list is based on similar examples of how composers used the instruments to imitate/represent different animals.

The Top Ten

1 Flute - Bird Flute - Bird The flute is a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening.

Sergei Prokofiev used it in 'Peter and the Wolf'.
Imitations of birdsongs are very common in music and have been used by many. - Metal_Treasure

2 Clarinet - Cat Clarinet - Cat

As heard in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf - Metal_Treasure

3 Oboe - Duck Oboe - Duck

As heard in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf - Metal_Treasure

4 French Horn - Wolf French Horn - Wolf

Used in Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf - Metal_Treasure

5 Strings - Bee Strings - Bee The violin is a wooden string instrument in the violin family. It is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the family in regular use.

As heard in Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov - Metal_Treasure

6 Piccolo - Bird Piccolo - Bird
7 Trumpet - Horse whinny Trumpet - Horse whinny

Also, galloping horses were imitated by using empty coconut shells but I didn't add it to the list because the empty coconut shells aren't exactly basic music instruments, LOL. But it shows creativity and I wanted to mention it somewhere. - Metal_Treasure

You have an extensive knowledge of a wide range of music. I appreciate it and look forward to reading more of your lists. You're certainly on a roll today. I was about ready to guess you are a musician yourself, but then realized I was being a bit presumptuous. In any case I'll keep a eye on it. - Ned964

8 Trombone - Elephant roar Trombone - Elephant roar
9 Clarinet - Seagull Clarinet - Seagull

High screeching notes on clarinet as heard in Carl Nielsen's Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Isles - Metal_Treasure

10 Electric Guitar's Whammy Bar - Horse whinny Electric Guitar's Whammy Bar - Horse whinny The electric guitar is a type of guitar that unlike an acoustic guitar, is solid body instead of hollow. They use pickups and amps to produce sound that's audible from more than a few feet. They are mainly used in rock and metal music and in those genres are commonly the main instruments. A few notable ...read more.

I don't think metal musicians intentionally want to create this animal sound but when they use the whammy bar it often sounds like horse whinnying to me. For example, Jeff Waters of Annihilator often uses it.
Example: Annihilator - Schizos (Are Never Alone) Parts I & II (1:55-2:00, 3:00)
So this was my contribution to possible imitation of animal noises with musical instruments outside the classical canon. - Metal_Treasure

Herman Li makes it sound like an elephant. But yes, most of the time whammy sounds like a horse whining - "wo, wo, wo, wo, woaa,wuu,wuu,wo" - zxm

The Contenders

11 Double Bass - Elephant

As in Saint-Saens's Carnival of the Animals - Metal_Treasure

Creative list

12 Electric Guitar - Bee Electric Guitar - Bee The electric guitar is a type of guitar that unlike an acoustic guitar, is solid body instead of hollow. They use pickups and amps to produce sound that's audible from more than a few feet. They are mainly used in rock and metal music and in those genres are commonly the main instruments. A few notable ...read more.

As heard in Flight Of The Bumblebee by At Vance (metal cover of Rimsky-Korsakov's masterpiece).
I think it's not about the metal guitar or any particular features of the electric guitar sound - it's about the guitarist who can play this (Olaf Lenk) because Flight Of The Bumblebee wasn't written for guitar and it's very fast. But At Vance played it even faster. - Metal_Treasure

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