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Brass, Reeds, and Percussion: September 5, 2020

Today's edition of Brass, Reeds, and Percussion features transcriptions of the overtures to four of Giuseppe Verdi's less well-known operas. And this gives us an opportunity to talk about the cimbasso, which was Verdi's preferred bass brass instrument. A cimbasso is a bass trombone operated with keys instead of a slide. That makes it easier to play fast passages. And it's more bass than the bass trombone with a slide. It has a sound that is less muddled than the tuba because the cimbasso has a cylindrical bore instead of the conical bore of the trombone.

Just a note of explanation: The discussion of the cimbasso was inspired by research about Verdi. To the best of my knowledge, no cimbassos are heard in the recordings on today's show.

  1. Jubelfest March (1881)
    Composer:  Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)
    Performer:  Johan Wilhem Friso Band
    Album:  Musica Mundana
     
  2. Trombone Section (1920)
    Composer:  W. Paris Chambers (1854-1913)
    Performer:  Texas A&M University Band
    Album:  Tradition
     
  3. Overture from "Alzira"
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Performer:  Johan Wilhem Friso Band
    Album:  Musica Mundana
     
  4. Overture from "Aroldo"
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Performer:  Johan Wilhem Friso Band
    Album:  Musica Mundana
     
  5. Overture from "Battle of Legnano"
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Performer:  Johan Wilhem Friso Band
    Album:  Musica Mundana
     
  6. Overture from "Il finto Stanislao"
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
    Performer:  Johan Wilhem Friso Band
    Album:  Musica Mundana
     
  7. Flying Home (1939)
    Composer:  Lionel Hampton (1908-2002) & Benny Goodman (1909-1986)
    Performer:  Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
    Album:  Tribute to a Generation
     

Air Date: 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

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