The Trombone Trevor Herbert
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- Yale Musical Instrument Series
- Publication date:
- 17 Jan 2006
- 336 pages: 234 x 189 x 31mm
- 60 black & white illustrations, 12 colour images
This is the first fully 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. It explores the origins of the instrument, its invention in the fifteenth century, and its story up to modern times. And it reveals the hidden histories of the trombone and its players in different periods and different countries. The book looks not only at the trombone within classical music, but at its place in jazz, popular music, popular religion and light music. Herbert examines the development of written repertoires in the sixteenth century, the 'golden age' of the instrument in the seventeenth century, its descent into obscurity in the eighteenth century and its re-emergence in the expanded symphony and opera orchestras and military bands of the Romantic era. The popular music explosion of the nineteenth-century brought amateur players and showmen soloists. The impact of jazz was fundamental to the trombone, providing an alternative to the conservatoire tradition. By the late twentieth century its techniques had filtered into the performance idioms of almost all styles of music and transformed ideas about virtuosity and lyricism in trombone playing.
Trevor Herbert is Professor of Music at the Open University. Formerly a professional trombone player, he has written The British Brass Band: A Musical and Cultural History, and co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments
""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"--Donald Babcock "Fontes Artis Musicae "