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Introduction to History of Brass

December 4th, 2023 | 2 min read

By Adam McCulloch

introduction to history of brass

Welcome aboard A Brassy History, a melodious meander through time, guided by the charismatic pBone Music Ambassador, Grant Golding.

This series isn't just an amble through the annals of music history; it's an exploration of how brass instruments have shaped and been shaped by art, drama, dance, architecture, and literature. Prepare to embark on a journey from the vibrant Renaissance era of the 1300s to the elegant classical period, uncovering the transformative role of brass in music.

Let's find out more about the three topics that Grant will cover in A Brassy History.


Renaissance: the dawn of a new era

Our time machine first lands in the Renaissance period, starting with none other than Henry VIII. This was a time when brass instruments began to significantly influence music, leading to a radical transformation in various forms of art. We'll explore the intricate relationship between brass music and the broader cultural changes of this era, delving into pieces that defined the Renaissance sound.


Baroque: the age of extravagance


Next, we transition into the Baroque period, a time of musical extravagance and innovation. Here, we'll see how the role of trumpet players evolved, and how trombonists began to chart a different course. This period was marked by significant changes in musical styles and the roles of brass instruments, setting the stage for further evolution.


Classical: the era of refinement


As the Baroque period morphed into the Classical era, brass instruments continued to evolve. We'll explore how these changes influenced the music of the time, with a focus on the refined and elegant compositions that defined the Classical period. It's a journey through symphonies and sonatas that showcase the versatility and beauty of brass instruments.

What to expect in A Brassy History

The best part? You're not just a spectator in this journey! Thanks to Grant's comprehensive approach, you'll have the opportunity to experience this rich musical history firsthand. With backing tracks available for pTrumpet, pBone, pBuzz, and pBone Mini, players of all levels can immerse themselves in the music of these eras. Whether playing in a group or solo, simplified parts and full arrangements allow you to experience the essence of Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical music.

Check out the first episode in A Brass History on YouTube:

Through A Brassy History, we not only celebrate the past but also understand the legacy of brass instruments in shaping today's music. It's an exploration of why our instruments are the way they are, and how they've contributed to the ever-evolving tapestry of music.

So, grab your instrument, and let's dive into a brassy exploration of history with Grant Golding!

Adam McCulloch

Adam is the Content Manager at pBone Music. This should mean that he’s the ideal person to write about himself, but he finds boasting in the third person a little awkward. He honed his word wizardry with a degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. He has since written copy for clients and businesses across the land, from awards to something beginning with “z”. He also spent a number of years as a musician. He has written pop songs and even jingles for kids, performed more first dances at weddings than you could shake a pBuzz at, and once played a gig for a pie company at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester. When he’s not reminiscing about those good old days, you might find Adam enjoying the football (although as an Everton fan, that can be difficult). He also loves spending time with his partner, Jen, and his family and friends, and sincerely hopes they feel the same way.