THE TUBA FAMILY
The first edition of THE TUBA FAMILY was published by Faber & Faber (Scribner in the USA) in 1978 and made an instant impression. BBC Radio 4’s Today programme described it as ‘the most unexpected publishing event of the year’.
Following continuing research and increasing awareness of historic performing practice, the second edition, published in 2000, is a significant improvement on the first, with 640 pages (compared with 303), 16 chapters, a 33-page index, 16 tables, 100 music examples, 100 illustrations, 8 appendices and 23-page bibliography.
This family of instruments (called by organologists the ‘valved bugle-horns’) is immense: there are over 700 names in the Glossary. The instruments date back in time to one of the earliest signalling horns, the bugle (horn of the bugle or young ox), became more versatile with the addition of finger-holes in the 11th century, provided a deeper range of notes through the serpent at the end of the 16th century and reached their highest state of perfection following the invention of the valve about 1813.
The family provides virtually the entire instrumentation of the British brass band (except for the cornets and trombones), is found in wind bands of all sorts and, particularly in the form of the bass and contrabass tubas, in symphonic and operatic orchestras.
Preface to the Second Edition.
I The valved bugle-horn and its acoustics
II Serpents and bass horns
The English bass horn
The serpent revival
III Keyed bugles and ophicleides
The keyed bugle
The ophicleide revival
IV Valves, valve-systems and the first tubas
The first tubas
V Tenor tuba and euphonium
VI Saxhorns and other families
VII The contemporary tuba
VIII Instruments and music: Germany and Austria
The Viennese Concert Tuba
IX Instruments and music: Eastern Europe
X Instruments and music: France
XI Instruments and music: America
XII Instruments and music: Britain
The English F Tuba
XIII Instruments and music: Italy
XIV The tuba outside the orchestra
Tuba in the band
Tuba in the small ensemble
Tuba as soloist
Tuba in jazz
Tuba and the avant-garde
Tuba on radio, stage and film
XV Helicon, Sudrephone, the duplex and other exotica
The Wagner Tuben
Cornons and cornophones
Tenor Cors and Mellophones
Saxtubas and Kornette-Instrumente
XVI Low brass in the nineteenth-century orchestra
Mendelssohn and the bass problem
International demands on Rossini
Verdi and the cimbasso
Wagner and the contrabass trombone
[Royal] Philharmonic Society, London
Hallé Orchestra, Manchester
Appropriate instruments and techniques
Appendix A: The Baβ-Tuba Patent
Appendix B: Glossaries
1. Terms derived from the Roman tuba
2. Valved bugle-horns and related instruments
Appendix C: Lists
1. Serpent presence indicated in parts, scores, etc.
2. Historic players of serpent, bass horn and ophicleide
3. English orchestral tubists c. 1870-1930
4. Contemporary makers of musical instruments and accessories
mentioned in this book
5. Collections of musical instruments mentioned in this book
Composer index of references to the use of tuba family instruments
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