The Trombone was developed as a Brass instrument which
could produce any note within its range, a feat which was eluding the other brass
instruments before the invention of valves. Despite its unique ability, the Trombone
had difficulty establishing itself in the orchestra because its warm, sonorous tone was
more suited to church music.
The Trombone is an S shaped tube with a large flared
bell and contains a slide, which can be adjusted to produce any required note. The
Trombone's unique way of producing sounds provides it with a distinctive repertoire,
especially the glissando but it isn't suited to quick, precision playing. For this
reason, it is rarely used as a solo instrument although Frank Martins 'Ballade for
Trombone and orchestra' is an interesting example.
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