British Forms of Valves and Valved Brass Instruments

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Abstract

To a large extent, valved brass instruments in Britain followed French models. The cornet à pistons was extensively imported, and saxhorns were introduced by the Distin family in 1844, very soon after their development by Sax; they became immediately popular. British makers made their own versions of the French instruments, and at the same time cheaper instruments made in France and Germany were widely imported. Although the majority of the valved brass instruments used in Britain, not least in the popular brass band movement, owe much to continental invention, British makers were not idle, either in inventing and improving valve designs or in producing distinctive models of valved instruments. In this essay we discuss some of the valves and instrument models which were developed beyond the experimental phase into production models.
Translated title of the contributionBritish Forms of Valves and Valved Brass Instruments
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationValve.Brass. Music. 200 Jahre Ventilblasinstrumente
EditorsConny Restle, Christian Breternitz
PublisherBerlin: Nicolai
Pages54-55
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-3-89479-841-3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2013

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