The two books under review provide contrasting approaches to the description of brass instruments and their development. Sabine Katharina Klaus’s volume is the second of a projected set of five volumes designed around the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection of high brass instruments in South Carolina, a branch of the National Music Museum of the University of South Dakota. (Vol.1 was reviewed in Early Music, xlii/1 (2014), pp.129–32.) This series considers through a rich historical-musicological lens different approaches that have been taken at various times to overcome the main shortcoming of the natural trumpet—the limited number of pitches offered by the natural harmonic series—and seeks to situate instruments within their historical and cultural contexts. The present book describes the application of fixed slides and movable slides, as well as the introduction of fingerholes, transposing holes...

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