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 from 1985–2012 and currently teaches at Wheaton College.
Lennie Peterson has traveled the world as a trombonist, conductor, producer, recording artist, visual artist, and educator.
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About the Author and Illustrator
For this volume on low brass instruments in its "Dictionaries for the Modern Musician" series, Rowman & Littlefield turned to Douglas Yeo, a leading US trombone performer/scholar. Formerly bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Yeo currently teaches trombone at Wheaton College. Like other titles in the series, e.g., Elisa Koehler's Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player, this slender volume provides brief, well-researched entries covering myriad aspects of the history and playing techniques of the instruments along with brief biographies of individuals deemed to have "significantly changed the path of [an] instrument's performance, pedagogy, repertoire, research, or manufacturing" (p. 2). Yeo made a particular effort to highlight women, African Americans, and persons of color who contributed in important ways to low brass. No photos are included, but excellent illustrations created by Lennie Peterson, an award-winning artist and educator and a professional trombonist, enhance many entries. All in all, a fine overview of low brass instruments that will be valuable to novices and professionals alike. Essential. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.
This excellent reference book by Doug Yeo provides exactly what the title promises; it is a dictionary, and the words, names and phrases are carefully topical, giving enough insight into peripheral topics (e.g. serpents and ophicleides) to be of certain interest to players of the titular instruments without causing bloat.
This is an excellent first step for reference or research. There are exhaustive references to outside sources for further study and the 13-page bibliography is perhaps the most comprehensive resource available. This is one of the books that should be on every teacher’s shelf and in every academic library.
Not simply a re-telling of past voices, but strong, new stories and insight, this book presents an honest look at past societal missteps and biases, and provides a way forward for reconciliation, as an example of how musicians today can honor our past while recognizing a better future.
Douglas Yeo has hit a home run by crafting the most comprehensive one-volume compendium of information near and dear to low brass performers, teachers, and enthusiasts. His knowledge, experience, and expertise on the subjects are nonpareil.
An Illustrated Dictionary for the Modern Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba Player is grounded, comprehensive, and easily digestible throughout. Particularly notable is Yeo’s head-on approach to recognizing areas and individuals previously neglected by general scholarship.
This is a comprehensive reference work that is appropriate for all low brass players at every level, containing valuable historical information about instruments, their inventors, and path changing performers, and pedagogues. The entries are unfailingly clear and understandable and go beyond simply defining instruments and performance practices.
This is a reference that encompasses everything one needs to know as a low brass player—plus more. The illustrations are well crafted and helpful, and the book is conveniently organized in such a way that anyone can easily navigate the information.
I am thrilled to add this resource to my collection. I believe that it is a mandatory addition to the library of any low brass player and will be invaluable to any performer, educator, or student who is interested in taking a deep dive into the history and development of the tuba, euphonium, or trombone.
Sonorities: The News Magazine of the University of Illinois School of Music
"This is an excellent first step for reference or research. There are exhaustive references to outside sources for further study and the 13-page bibliography is perhaps the most comprehensive resource available. This is one of the books that should be on every teacher's shelf and in every academic library".