Modern low brass instruments—trombone, tuba, and euphonium—have legions of ancestors, cousins, and descendants in over five-hundred years of history. Prominent scholar and performer Douglas Yeo provides a unique, accessible reference guide that addresses a broad range of relevant topics and brings these instruments to life with clear explanations and the most up-to-date research.
Brief biographies of many path-changing individuals highlight their influence on instrument development and use. The book’s inclusive scope also recognizes the work of diverse, influential artists whose important contributions to trombone and tuba history and development have not previously been acknowledged in other literature. Extensive illustrations by Lennie Peterson provide insight into many of the entries.
Douglas Yeo was bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1985–2012 and has taught at Arizona State University, Wheaton College, and University of Illinois.
Lennie Peterson has traveled the world as a trombonist, conductor, producer, recording artist, visual artist, and educator.
Of all the people that could have been chosen for the task of creating a dictionary for the modern lowbrass player, Yeo is perhaps the most appropriate to undertake such a project. As a performer – having served as bass trombonist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nearly 30 years – and pedagogue – having held faculty positions at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Arizona State University, and Wheaton College - his name is recognized and respected in the world of modern low brass. Additionally, he is a well-known champion for and practitioner of historical lowbrass instruments, which, with his practiced eye and knowledge of the history of these instruments, serves the dictionary and its readers well. "is interest and yearning for knowledge are clearly the driving forces behind the volume’s success, making it an invaluable resource for any modern low-brass practitioners, students and teachers, amateurs and professionals.
The title tells the story: this is aimed not at the brass historian so much as the professional or academic low-brass player. Still, many of us are that too, and it offers an absorbing and comprehensive view of our instruments and their craft and lore. Douglas Yeo’s definitions and explanations are clear and concise, and the drawings, most of them from photographs by Lennie Peterson, are elegant and surprisingly instructive.
11/11/21, Choice: This title was included in a roundup of “Forthcoming Titles in Reference, 2021.”