25 pictures depicting conducting through the ages
Addicted to multi-tasking? Here's the ultimate for musicians, and it predates mobile phones by centuries! I've been fascinated by one man bands since I was a kid. I recently re-watched the Pixar short animation featuring dueling one man bands....
There are many people who can benefit from better breathing. Certain aspects of breathing limit what we are able to do in terms of physical exertion. Improving specific breathing measurements can alleviate problems associated with various...
Bartolomeo Tromboncino (ca. 1470–ca. 1535) was raised in Mantua, Italy, where his father, Bernardino Piffaro, served as a musician at the Mantuan court. It was there that Tromboncino apprenticed and began his career as a trombonist in the court...
This list is essentially a compilation of the staples of the trombone quartet repertoire. It is not comprehensive by any means, but I hope it provides a useful starting point for players wishing to get a feel for the standard repertoire and...
A collection of 68 images showing rear-facing or over-the-shoulder trombones
A history of the trombone in Christmas.
The trombone has long been associated with special occasions, including water processions, parades of various types, weddings, various religious celebrations, and coronations. Historically, trombones were for centuries employed by kings, queens, and...
This is the second of a two-part series on the history of the trombone in processions. For the first hub, see here. The trend in the three centuries represented below is a general movement from royal and religious processions toward military...
A collection of more than 100 pictures of trombone-playing angels from the 15th century to the 19th century
Mozart, posthumous portrait by Barbara Krafft, 1819. Classical music is well-known for its prodigies. Everybody knows that Mozart was composing music before he could wipe his own nose. Chopin had achieved notoriety by his teenage years. A case...
Women in the history of the trombone
A few years ago I applied for funding to purchase a set of sackbuts, or early trombones, for my university. I decided at the time to do some research, in the form of both recordings and primary sources, into exactly how these instruments should...
15 historical images of trombones with extension handles
Latin America normally gets only a few pages, at the most, in the standard histories of the trombone. It probably deserves more. Records document a significant amount of trombone activity in colonial Latin America from the late Middle Ages through...
Wood engraving by Gunther, c. 1885, depicting a brass trio leading a Norwegian procession. The following is a list of original brass trio literature I have compiled in the process of playing in a faculty brass trio and coordinating brass chamber...
80 pictorial examples from the 15th to the 18th centuries showing the grip of the early trombone.
Some suggestions from a college music professor on how to earn a college scholarship in music
Eighteen historical images of cherubs or putti playing the trombone
Strictly speaking, it would be presumptuous to say these are the "best" brass quintets; however, it is possible to at least compile a list of good, standard repertoire for the genre. This is a list of standard brass quintets that I’ve used in...
The trombone, an instrument that originated in the 15th century, has a long history of colorful names. What other single instrument can boast nomenclature as interesting and varied as sagbot, shagbolt, shagbutte, shackbut, seykebud, sacabutxo, ...
A brief history of the trombone in water processions. Trombone history in the late Renaissance and Early Baroque.