Wind bands in towns, courts,and churches from the Middle Ages to the Baroque

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
David Guion (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In the middle of the fourteenth century, a new musical institution consisting of trumpets and shawms began to take shape. Scholars of Medieval and Renaissance music refer to these as alta bands. This term is never used to describe bands past about the middle of the sixteenth century, and yet descendants of the alta bands thrived until the middle of the seventeenth century and survived in some places well into the nineteenth century.

Additional Information

Journal of Band Research
Language: English
Date: 2007
wind bands, Medieval, Renaissance, alta bands, trumpet, shawm, trombone, cornett, minstrel band, music, ensemble,
Wind instrument music|Wind ensembles|Music -- 500-1400