Serpent & Ophicleide: History and Images : WILL KIMBALL

Posted: June 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

I got asked this weekend whether I knew anything about the instrumentation that might have been feasible for a bass part in a Regency period village or dance band. Other than the obvious, like bass recorders, pianoforte or upright string bass I wasn’t that certain, so went searching for some creditable sources online, thinking about serpents, ophicleides or possibly trombones.

This chap turns out to be an amazing source for getting a handle on the timeline of the evolution of those groups of instruments, and his timeline pages have some great picture references.

Serpent & Ophicleide: History and Images : WILL KIMBALL

Trombone History: 19th Century (first half) : WILL KIMBALL

Fascinating and highly informative.

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