Early Brass

When five balding men in long-tailed tuxedos rise to the bright occasion, their brass sacbuts, cornet, and slide trumpet in hand, 0

the chansons and canzoni, the madrigals, the sass they pull out of their bold embouchures! Their bravado's a coinage of lieder and light so daft no music could, under sweet heaven, surpass the New York Cornet & Sacbut Ensemble's.

Yet last night in the lunchroom of Van Hise School, when my sixth-grade daughter and her oversized trombone — all silverware, sour milk, and John Philip Sousa — sashayed on stage at a slapstick recital, she sounded (by God!) not altogether unlike the New York Cornet & Sacbut Ensemble.

— Ronald Wallace

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