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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments

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  • Editors:
  • Trevor Herbert, The Open University and the Royal College of Music, London
  • Arnold Myers, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh
  • John Wallace, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Date Published: January 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107180000

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  • Some thirty-two experts from fifteen countries join three of the world's leading authorities on the design, manufacture, performance and history of brass musical instruments in this first major encyclopaedia on the subject. It includes over one hundred illustrations, and gives attention to every brass instrument which has been regularly used, with information about the way they are played, the uses to which they have been put, and the importance they have had in classical music, sacred rituals, popular music, jazz, brass bands and the bands of the military. There are specialist entries covering every inhabited region of the globe and essays on the methods that experts have used to study and understand brass instruments. The encyclopaedia spans the entire period from antiquity to modern times, with new and unfamiliar material that takes advantage of the latest research. From Abblasen to Zorsi Trombetta da Modon, this is the definitive guide for students, academics, musicians and music lovers.

    • Includes contributions from thirty-two expert authors from fifteen countries
    • Illustrated with over 100 photographs, drawings and diagrams
    • Contains new and unfamiliar material that takes advantage of the latest research on the subject
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘This is a fine book of considerable value to anyone with an interest in music.' Stewart Carter, Wake Forest University, North Carolina

    'A wonderful and much-needed addition to the resources for brass players and enthusiasts, music historians, and anyone interested in the history and workings of these most fascinating instruments. Its broad coverage highlighting areas of intersection between the various brass instruments is most welcome.' Thomas Hiebert, California State University, Fresno

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107180000
    • length: 632 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.53kg
    • contains: 104 b/w illus. 12 tables 94 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Guide to using the Encyclopedia
    Introduction: understanding brass instruments
    General entries A-Z
    Appendix 1: a selective list of vernacular horns and trumpets
    Appendix 2: the ranges of labrosones
    Appendix 3: a selective list of makers of brass instruments
    Appendix 4: a selective list of collections of brass instruments
    Appendix 5: early didactic and theoretical works relevant to brass instruments

  • Editors

    Trevor Herbert, The Open University and the Royal College of Music, London
    Trevor Herbert is Emeritus Professor of Music at the Open University and Research Fellow at the Royal College of Music, London. He was introduced to music in a brass band and went on to be a trombone player with major London orchestras and period instruments groups. He has written prolifically on the history of brass instruments, their music and players and is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on the subject.

    Arnold Myers, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Edinburgh
    Arnold Myers is Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh and Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has worked in parallel as an information scientist and as Curator and Director of Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments. His research is at the interface of musical acoustics and the history of brass instruments.

    John Wallace, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
    John Wallace was Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 2002–14. He began playing cornet aged 7 in the Tullis Russell Mills Brass Band in Fife, Scotland, and went on to become Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra and leader of his own internationally renowned brass ensemble, The Wallace Collection. His musical career has spanned performance, composition and education.

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