Music is a mystery for people who play it, write it, listen to it, and write about it. The only thing I can really do when I try to say something about music is assume.
Friday, July 13, 2007
tromba marina: what a strange instrument
According to Rachel Barton Pine, the tromba marina was an 17th century instrument that was created for women to play in German churches instead of the trumpet (which women were forbidden to play). Another name for the instrument is the Nonnengeige, or nun's fiddle. The tromba marina was still being made into the 18th century.
The strange thing is that it actually sounds like a trumpet (there's a sound clip on the tromba marina website).
I am active as a composer, a violist, a violinist, a recorder player, and as a teacher. I began my professional musical life as a flutist, and spent a lot of quality time as a baroque flutist, but I no longer have my baroque flute. Now my modern flute spends most of its time tucked away in a drawer, while my violin, viola, and my viola d'amore are often tucked under my chin.