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 encyclopedia 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 encyclopedia 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

Table of Contents:

  • Guide to using the Encyclopedia
  • Acknowledgements
  • 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
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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