Instruments | Sackbut | Renaissance | Classical
Originating in the fifteenth century, the sackbut, ancestor of the modern trombone, seems to have evolved from the medieval slide trumpet. Credit is usually given to the workshop of Hans Neuschel the Elder of Nuremberg (d. 1503/4) for significantly improving the emerging instrument. The bore was smaller than that of the modern trombone, producing a quieter, sweeter-sounding tone, and the mouthpiece was flatter than its rounded modern descendant. Heard in cathedrals and particularly grand churches, the sackbut was used to accompany choirs.
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