June 30, 2020
Classical Breakdown will be taking a summer break, but first, some recommended recordings to enjoy this summer. Expand your musical palate with music by Florence Price found in an attic in 2009, new interpretations of music by Beethoven and Franck, and an album featuring an instrument you've probably never heard before.
Sackbutt, trombone in the 17th and 18th centuries with trombonist Jörgen van Rijen
Key of A with violinist Lara St. John and pianist Matt Herskowitz
The sackbutt is smaller than the typical tenor trombone you see on stages today. The width of the tubing is slightly smaller, and the bell has a slight taper towards the end.
The tenor trombone has wider tubing, a larger bell, a key at the bottom of the slide to let out accumulated water from condensation, and commonly has an added valve to aid in lower notes.