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The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments

The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments

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Trevor Herbert, John Wallace, Margaret Sarkissian, Arnold Myers, Robert Barclay, Keith Polk, Bruce Dickey, Edward H. Tarr, Thomas Hiebert, Ralph T. Dudgeon, Clifford Bevan, Simon Wills, Phillip Eastop, Robert Evans, Roger T. Dean
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  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521565226

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments provides an overview of the history of brass instruments, and their technical and musical development. Much of the volume is devoted to the way brass instruments have been used in classical music, but there are also important contributions on the ancient world, non-Western music, vernacular and popular traditions and the rise of jazz. The editors are two of the most respected names in the world of brass performance and scholarship, and the list of contributors includes the names of many of the world's most prestigious scholars and performers.

    • Includes contributions by some of the world's greatest virtuosi on brass instruments
    • Covers western and non-western musics, jazz, vernacular and popular traditions
    • Includes recent discoveries, ideas and controversies about brass playing and scholarship
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...a noteworthy addition to the literature." K.R. Dietrich, Choice

    "...the Cambridge Companion contains a very broad survey of the field of brass instruments, with contributions from some of the finest scholars and performers on brass instruments from the United Kingdom and America. This volume is an excellent resource for anyone with minimal knowledge of music....the articles themselves provide balanced views of the subjects at hand. All of the articles are topnotch, with several special extremely useful and engaging book. The editors and authors alike are to be congratulated for the balanced scholarship and user-friendly language they have created. This book is valuable to brass enthusiasts of all persuasions." Jeffrey Snedeker, Historic Brass Society Journal

    "The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments is a strong volume and would be a valuable addition to any library on instruments." John Q. Ericson, Journal of the American Musical Instruments Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521565226
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 171 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus. 6 tables 23 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on the contributors
    Introduction Trevor Herbert and John Wallace
    1. Lip-vibrated instruments of the ancient and non-western world Margaret Sarkissian
    2. How brass instruments work Arnold Myers
    3. Design, technology and manufacture before 1800 Robert Barclay
    4. Brass instruments in art music in the Middle Ages Keith Polk
    5. The cornett Bruce Dickey
    6. 'Sackbut': the early trombone Trevor Herbert
    7. The trumpet before 1800 Edward H. Tarr
    8. The horn in the Baroque and Classical periods Thomas Hiebert
    9. Design, technology and manufacture since 1800 Arnold Myers
    10. Keyed brass Ralph T. Dudgeon
    11. The low brass Clifford Bevan
    12. Brass in the modern orchestra Simon Wills
    13. Brass bands and other vernacular brass traditions Trevor Herbert
    14. Playing, learning and teaching brass Ralph T. Dudgeon, Phillip Eastop, Trevor Herbert and John Wallace
    15. The post-classical horn Robert Evans
    16. Jazz, improvisation and brass Roger T. Dean
    17. Brass solo and chamber music from 1800 John Wallace
    18. Frontiers or byways? Brass instruments in avant-garde music Simon Wills
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  • Editors

    Trevor Herbert, The Open University, Milton Keynes

    John Wallace


    Trevor Herbert, John Wallace, Margaret Sarkissian, Arnold Myers, Robert Barclay, Keith Polk, Bruce Dickey, Edward H. Tarr, Thomas Hiebert, Ralph T. Dudgeon, Clifford Bevan, Simon Wills, Phillip Eastop, Robert Evans, Roger T. Dean

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