070611.Bath, Fetch the Compass, Kids

June 11, 2007 at 2:31 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Bath, people, somerset | 8 Comments

I don’t know the name of these instruments. Oh! If only someone out there could name them…but who?
‘We Don’t Say Shut Up:’ “I don’t want to get hit by a car! I don’t want to listen to this! Let me go! Let me go! Mommy said you have to let me go!”


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  1. Looks like a EEb bass, commonly called in America, a tuba.

    But in a British brass band, traditionally, a “Double E bass”

    Samr shape as a euphonium, but they are a bit smaller.

  2. Sorry, I think it might be just an Eb (E flat) bass.

    The traditional british brass band will have
    Cornet in E♭; (called a soprano cornet)
    Cornets in B♭; (Front row: principal(x1), solo(x3), Back row: repiano(x1), 2nd(x2), 3rd(x2))
    Flugelhorn in B♭;
    Tenor Horns (sometimes called Alto Horns in the United States and Germany) in E♭; (solo, 1st, 2nd)
    Baritones (Treble Clef B♭;) (1st, 2nd)
    Tenor Trombones (Treble Clef B♭; in older scores Tenor Clef) (1st, 2nd)
    Bass Trombone (Bass Clef)
    Euphoniums (Treble Clef B♭;) (x2)
    E♭ Basses (x2)
    B♭ Basses (x2)
    Percussion (x2/3/4)

    Still, it is what Americans call a tuba.

    As Wikipedia says:

    Brass bands in the British tradition are limited to cornets, flugelhorns, tenor horns, baritones, euphoniums, trombones, tubas (known as basses in brass bands), and percussion; but not trumpets or french horns, since they are orchestral and concert band instruments.

    With the exception of the bass trombone and percussion, all parts are transposing and written in the treble clef, which means that for every instrument, from the big basses right up to the soprano cornet, the fingering for the written notes is similar. This system, which is unique to UK-style brass bands, ensures most parts can be covered when there is less than a full complement of players.

  3. Haha— thank you, Sally!

  4. Dammit! Sally beat me!

    I read the first sentence and was as giddy as a schoolgirl. I was practically bouncing in my seat and shouting, “OO OO OO OO OO I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW!”

    Alas, I’m totally useless.

  5. Oh. But it’s not a brass band- they’re the Chinewrde Morris Dancers, and the chick on the left is holding something that looks like half a recorder.

    Hey, I get your titular reference, for once! I feel cool.

    On the other hand, I’m probably misusing the word “titular.”

  6. I like the costumes and the narrative.

    Baby raccoons. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
    Brookville Daily Photo

  7. Um, I’m lost. And dammit, Sally knows everything! (Is that Sally from Australia?)

  8. i played the recorder once in assembly when i was a podlet, and helen roberts, sitting on the front row, pulled faces at me and made me laugh. so i laughed into the recorder and totally ruined my rendition of ‘greensleeves’. however, i got the last laugh, because later that day during a country dancing lesson (yes, country dancing), i madde helen laugh so much that she peed herself in front of everyone.
    so beware the wrath of pod……

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