Ursula Menzel (1939-2006)

By chance Ursula Menzel came in contact with brass instruments, but then quickly sought formal training. In the late 1950s she gained some experience in this field while assisting in a brass instrument workshop in Hamburg. There, she realized that music and the crafts could be combined perfectly in this profession. Born in Prague and raised in Munich, Ursula Menzel spent her last school years in Hamburg, where she then started her training as a brass instrument maker. After receiving her diploma, she went on a cruise to Argentina, visiting relatives. The planned four-week trip turned into a two-year adventure, during which Ursula Menzel discovered a love for the country and the language which she kept for a lifetime.

A Report on the HBS at the 18th IMS Congress in Zurich

On July 11, 2007 The Historic Brass Society presented a day-long symposium at the 18th International Musicological Society Congress in Zurich, consisting of two sessions that dealt with two aspects of transition, the theme of the Congress: transitions in repertoire and transitions in performance cultures. These two themes are clearly related but they provided a useful focus for papers that dealt with a wide chronological range (e.g., fifteenth-century English music and the origins of modernist technique) and an equally broad spectrum of musical styles (from the instrumental music of sixteenth-century Venice to early jazz).

A Report on the 24th Annual Early Brass Festival

The 24th Annual Historic Brass Society Early Brass Festival had the theme “Moments of Change: Zorzi to Armstrong. Key moments of change in brass music from medieval wind bands to jazz.” This theme provided the impetus for a wide range of fascinating presentations on the campus of Loyola University in New Orleans on July 24–27, 2008. Festival Co-director and Loyola trumpet professor, Jeremy Brekke, started the festivities on Thursday while HBS President, Jeff Nussbaum did battle with the faltering airline industry, cancelled flights, and long delays but managed to finally arrive in New Orleans 18 hours later than originally planed.

Louis Armstrong's Cornet

The Rehousing and Return of the Louisiana State Museum's Music Collection

The Louisiana State Museum, founded in 1906 and headquartered in New Orleans, encompasses a network of fourteen facilities located across the state. Its collections comprise the largest and broadest extant holdings of fine and decorative arts, historical artifacts, and research materials documenting Louisiana history and culture. During Hurricane Katrina, the LSM's Old U.S. Mint, a National Historic Landmark located in the French Quarter and constructed in 1835, was severely damaged. Its copper roof blew off; water ruined interior finishes and the HVAC system ceased to function. At the time of the hurricane, the 71,000-square-foot facility housed exhibitions on jazz, Louisiana decorative arts, and the history of the Mint itself. In addition, approximately 60% of the LSM's collections were stored in the building, including its entire, internationally renowned jazz collection. While a relatively small number of artifacts were water damaged, the threat of mold forced the emergency evacuation of artifacts to a temporary, 20,000-square-foot storage facility in Baton Rouge. The evacuation was carried out over a period of eight months and involved both LSM permanent staff as well as professionals specially recruited for the purpose.

A Celebration of 100 Years of the Trombone Class at Saratov State Conservatory

by Yury Gusev

Saratov is located on the west bank of the Volga River and was founded as a fortified city in 1590. At that time it protected Moscow from barbarian attacks. Archival documents and headlines in the town's first newspaper, the Saratov Provincial Newspaper (1838), inform us (using long-forgotten names and vague descriptions) about playing on wind instruments and the formation of an orchestra.

A Report on the IGEB Conference/ Vintage Band Festival

 by Raul Camus

The International Wind Music History Conference sponsored by the Historic Brass Society and the International Society for the Investigation and Promotion of Wind Music (IGEB) and hosted by Paul Niemisto of St. Olaf College was held from July 27 to 31, 2006. The conference gave scholars from Europe and America a chance to present new research, discuss matters of general interest, make new friends, and share experiences of importance to those working in the areas of band and wind music research.

A Report on the 22nd Early Brass Festival

The 22nd Annual HBS Early Brass Festival was just that and much more. Held in Northfield, MN on July 27-August 1, 2006, it was a joint conference with the Austrian organization, Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Forderung der Blasmusik (IGEB) [The International Society for the Investigation of Wind Music Research], titled, "Music Away from Home: Wind Music and Cultural Identity: An International Conference."

Paul R Bryan
Paul R Bryan

Mozart’s Use of Horns in B-flat and the Question of Alto-Basso in the Eighteenth Century

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