Trombone in the Renaissance


A History in Pictures and Documents

Stewart Carter

July 30, 2012

492 pp.

121 illustrations

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The trombone is one of the oldest instruments of Western art music in use today, for its modern form differs little from that at its inception in the fifteenth century. With more than 100 illustrations and nearly 400 original documents, many of them not previously available in English translation, this book traces the development of the instrumentпїЅs physical form, musical use, and social function during the Renaissance. From its initial appearance with shawms in the alta band, the instrument moved gradually to a more refined position, joining with cornetts and violins and accompanying voices in church music. By the late sixteenth century it was one of the most widely used instruments in Western Europe


Stewart Carter:


Has published articles in Early Music, Performance Practice Review, Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, Historic Brass Society Journal, Baroccao Padano, and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition. He is Editor of The Historic Brass Society Journal and former editor of Historical Performance. Other editorial projects include A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth‐Century Music (Schirmer Books, 1997) and Brass Scholarship in Review: Proceedings of the International Historic Brass Society Symposium, Amherst, 1995 (Pendragon, 1997).


Carter is former president of the American Musical Instrument Society. Currently he is Chair of the Department of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston‐Salem, NC, where he teaches music history and theory and directs the Collegium Musicum.