The sackbut in England in the 17th and 18th centuries

Herbert, T. (1990) The sackbut in England in the 17th and 18th centuries. Early Music, 18 (4). pp. 609-616. ISSN 0306-1078 (print) 1741-7260 (online)

Abstract

Much research on the sackbut or trombone in England is based on notes by the 17th-c. Cambridge professor of Hebrew, James Talbot. The instrument was used regularly in London and the provinces from the early 16th c. It gradually declined in use throughout the 17th c., and by the turn of the century there were probably no players in England; the performers in concerts of 1739-41 of works by Händel featuring trombones were probably foreigners. Trombones seem to have been reintroduced for the Händel commemorations of 1784.

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