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  •  Yes, boxer...I agree.. (4+ / 0-)
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    Boxer7, MT Spaces, Dumbo, ginja

    I just get a bit emotional over some of the focus or lack thereof since I grew up being a trombonist.
    As a child, I was very aware of the importance of the 5th to any old trombone player.

    You see, we have always been relegated to do tricks, make funny noises, play the clown, and generally stay in an area where nothing we do approaches serious musicality on a classical level.

    I have learned to love and enjoy period music way back to Monteverdi, with the inclusion of sackbuts in his L'Orfeo and other less significant composers up to Beethoven's period.
    It pains me when other musicians post musical offerings on this site and usually avoid or gloss over any mention of the use of trombone and the significance of it when the fact is, the trombone prior to Beethoven was extensively used for many choral works.

    This  was perhaps because of its ability to play chromatic tones unlike other wind instruments (brass related) that only used over-blowing partials. Trumpets and French Horns had to wait for the invention of change valves to accomplish this feat.

    That fact and the beautiful voice trombones displayed in any choral context that gave a chorus the accurate pitches in which to sing from....alto, tenor and bass trombones being used in unison with choral voices throughout history.

    The instrument has always been closely linked with liturgical music from as far back as the 15th century. Composers more recently in history have actually used it (Russian Easter) soloisticly to portray an Orthodox Russian  priest.

    To say nothing of the Tuba Mirum post of a couple of weeks ago, when the tenor trombone was used as the main subject with the soloist in a contrapuntal duet of sorts.

    It is the ultimate singing brass instrument, most able to convey music like the human voice. (given the performer has the skills)

    So, yeah, I'm sensitive! As you can see and hear, this 4th movement of the 5th has always been hailed as the humble trombone's coming-out party.


    •  educate me (2+ / 0-)
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      MT Spaces, Dumbo

       I am a big admirer of Bruckner - but do not have the sophistication to appreciate some of the distinctions among the capabilities of the brass instruments which you have mastered.  

        However, as I understand it at least, Bruckner made us of trombones in most of his choral work and some of his symphonies - or am I mistaken?

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