A History of the Music and Composers for the Brass Ensemble Medium Before the Nineteenth Century Page: 1
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Purpose of the Study
The extraordinary wealth and variety of music for
brasses, particularly that written during the seventeenth
and eighteenth centuries, has such vitality, charm and in-
terest that it should be brought to the attention of all con-
temporary musicians, particularly conductars and teachers.
The purpose of this thesis is to bring to light some of the
music written for, or especially adaptable to, brass ensem-
bles before the close of the eighteenth century. This study
must concern itself with the music which has been preserved
and is available, and with such music as can be played on
modern instruments. It must be stated that some of the
music mentioned herein was not written specifically for
brass instruments, but the style and general character of
the music make it adaptable for a brass instrumentation.
By the fourteenth century there were in common use the
prototypes of the brass instruments used today. Compara-
tively little of the instrumental music has been preserved
because the most important music was vocal. Instrumental
music came into its own during the fifteenth and sixteenth
centuries, and instruments were used to a great extent in
conjunction with voices.
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Moore, David N. (David Norton). A History of the Music and Composers for the Brass Ensemble Medium Before the Nineteenth Century, thesis, August 1950; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc663226/m1/4/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .