The Trombone

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This is the first comprehensive study of the trombone in English. It covers the instrument, its repertoire, the way it has been played, and the social, cultural, and aesthetic contexts within which it has developed. The book explores the origins of the instrument, its invention in the fifteenth century, and its story up to modern times, also revealing hidden aspects of the trombone in different eras and countries.
The book looks not only at the trombone within classical music ...
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Overview


This is the first comprehensive study of the trombone in English. It covers the instrument, its repertoire, the way it has been played, and the social, cultural, and aesthetic contexts within which it has developed. The book explores the origins of the instrument, its invention in the fifteenth century, and its story up to modern times, also revealing hidden aspects of the trombone in different eras and countries.
The book looks not only at the trombone within classical music but also at its place in jazz, popular music, popular religion, and light music. Trevor Herbert examines each century of the trombone’s development and details the fundamental impact of jazz on the modern trombone. By the late twentieth century, he shows, jazz techniques had filtered into the performance idioms of almost all styles of music and transformed ideas about virtuosity and lyricism in trombone playing.
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Editorial Reviews

Classical Music

“. . . an astounding contribution, drawing on a myriad of sources . . . you will have plenty of stories with which to naughtily wow your colleagues during the next 100 bars’ rest. . . . Much better than anything out there. . . a great book . . .”—Luke Harley, Classical Music

— Luke Harley

Fontes Artis Musicae - Donald Babcock

"The Trombone is an exceptional single source on the instrument. . . . This book is essential for all music collections; it will benefit any library or individual user with an interest in trombone methods and history."—Donald Babcock, Fontes Artis Musicae
Classical Music - Luke Harley

“. . . an astounding contribution, drawing on a myriad of sources . . . you will have plenty of stories with which to naughtily wow your colleagues during the next 100 bars’ rest. . . . Much better than anything out there. . . a great book . . .”—Luke Harley, Classical Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300100952
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Yale Musical Instrument Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,062,471
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Trevor Herbert is professor of music at the Open University. Formerly a professional trombone player, he is the author of The British Brass Band: A Musical and Cultural History and The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments.
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Table of Contents

1 The instrument : its parts and their development 9
2 Trombone technique 30
3 The origins of the trombone 45
4 Players and cultures in the later Renaissance 68
5 Performances and repertoires in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries 83
6 Decline, survival and rehabilitation : the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries 109
7 Didacticism and the idea of virtuosity 127
8 The trombone in the modern orchestra 151
9 Valve trombones and other nineteenth-century introductions 182
10 Popular music 204
11 The Moravians and other popular religions 229
12 Orchestral trombone playing in the age of sound recordings 243
13 Jazz 263
14 Modernism, postmodernism and retrospection 285
App. 1 Surviving instruments from before 1800 311
App. 2 Centres of trombone repertoire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries 320
App. 3 Slide trombone methods : an indicative list 327
App. 4 Valve trombone methods : an indicative list 331
App. 5 Orchestral trombone sections, c. 1780 - c. 1930 333
App. 6 C. G. Conn endorsements, c. 1928 337
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