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Definition and Description of the Tuba
Definition and description of the Tuba: The Tuba can be described as an ancient trumpet, the lowest brass woodwind instrument. During the middle ages the tuba was as great a favourite as the Trumpet, from which it may readily be distinguished by its marked conical bore and absence of bell. It is recorded that King Frederick Barbarossa gave an order on the 14th of January 1240 in Arezzo for four tubas of silver and for slaves to be taught to play upon them.
Family of Instruments: The Tuba belongs to the family of Woodwind instruments.
History of the Tuba
The modern tuba finds its prototype and the origin of its name in the Roman tuba (the Greek salpinx) The tuba is represented, together with the buccina and cornu, on Trajan's column in the scenes described by Vegetius who wrote the following:
"Compared with the other military service instruments of the Romans, the buccina and cornu, the tuba was straight and was used to sound the charge and retreat, and to encourage and lead the soldiers during action; it was sounded at the changing of the guard, as the signal to begin and leave off work."
Medieval Musical Instruments - Tuba
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Tuba, would be used by the musicians of the period including the Waits, Minstrels or Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume, not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments (literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were suitable for outdoors which included the shawm, sackbut, pipe and tabor. Read the above history, facts and information about the Tuba.
Medieval Music - Tuba
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