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The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments (Cambridge Companions to Music)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521565226
ISBN-10: 0521565227
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"...a noteworthy addition to the literature." K.R. Dietrich, Choice

"...the Cambridge Companion contains a very broad survey of the field of brass instruments, with contributions from some of the finest scholars and performers on brass instruments from the United Kingdom and America. This volume is an excellent resource for anyone with minimal knowledge of music....the articles themselves provide balanced views of the subjects at hand. All of the articles are topnotch, with several special highlights....an extremely useful and engaging book. The editors and authors alike are to be congratulated for the balanced scholarship and user-friendly language they have created. This book is valuable to brass enthusiasts of all persuasions." Jeffrey Snedeker, Historic Brass Society Journal

"The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments is a strong volume and would be a valuable addition to any library on instruments." John Q. Ericson, Journal of the American Musical Instruments Society

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The Cambridge Companion to Brass Instruments provides an overview of the history of brass instruments, and their technical and musical development. Much of the volume is devoted to the way brass instruments have been used in classical music, but there are also important contributions on the ancient world, non-western music, vernacular and popular traditions and the rise of jazz. The editors are two of the most respected names in the world of brass performance and scholarship, and the list of contributors includes the names of many of the world's most prestigious scholars and performers.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Music
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521565227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521565226
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John S. Roberts on January 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
On one level this is disappointing compared with, say, the Oxford companions to various subjects, being a series of detailed essays that leave large gaps between them. But taken along with Baines's classic, it documents a lot of significant stuff, notably the role of brasswinds in avant garde music. Don't buy it first -- but do buy it second (if only because this is a field whose entire available English-language literature is feweer than a dozen books)
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A really great book! Very info active and terrific pictures. A lot of information packed into this book and an easy read .
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