Howard Weiner

Howard Weiner, a native of Chicago, studied trombone with Frank Crisafulli at Northwestern University. In 1978 he moved to Europe where he studied early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, and established himself as a freelance musician performing with numerous ensembles and orchestras, including the Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble, the Freiburger Barockorchester, Cappella Coloniensis, the Basel Symphony and Radio Symphony Orchestras, and Ensemble Aventure Freiburg. Weiner has authored a number of important articles on the history of the trombone and published editions of early trombone music. From 1997 he was assistant editor and since 2004 co-editor of the Historic Brass Society Journal.




Articles

“The trombone: Changing times, changing slide positions,” Brass Bulletin 36 (1981): 52-63.

“Giovanni Martino Cesare and his Editors,” Historic Brass Society Journal 3 (1991): 56-64.

“André Braun’s Gamme et Méthode pour les Trombonnes: The Earliest Modern Trombone Method Rediscovered,” Historic Brass Society Journal 5 (1993): 288-308.

“Andreas Nemetz’s Neueste Posaun-Schule: An Early Viennese Trombone Method,” Historic Brass Society Journal 7 (1995): 12-35.

“Mozart’s Requiem: An Internet Discussion on 16th April 1996 between Doug Yeo and Howard Weiner,” ed. Derrick Parker, The Trombonist, Magazine of the British Trombone Society (Autumn 1996): 19-21. (Also online at http://www.britishtrombonesociety.org/archived-articles/mozarts-requiem.html )

“André Braun’s Gamme et Méthode pour les Trombonnes Revisited,” Historic Brass Society Journal 11 (1999): 93-106.

“François René Gebauer’s 50 Leçons pour la Trombonne Basse, Alto & Tenor: The Earliest Book of Études for the Trombone,” Historic Brass Society Journal 11 (1999): 107-12. (See also a communication concerning Gebauer’s 50 Leçons in Historic Brass Society Journal [14]: 466).

“Der Sopranposaunen-Schwindel,” Posaunen und Trompeten: Bericht des 19. Musikinstrumentenbau-Symposiums 1998, Michaelsteiner Konferenzberichte 60 (2000): 67-82.

“The Soprano Trombone Hoax,” Historic Brass Society Journal 13 (2001): 138-60. (A revised English version of the preceding article.)

“Beethoven’s Equali (WoO 30): A New Perspective,” Historic Brass Society Journal 14 (2002): 215-77.

“When is an Alto Trombone an Alto Trombone? When is a Bass Trombone a Bass Trombone? – The Makeup of the Trombone Section in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Orchestras,” Historic Brass Society Journal 17 (2005): 37-79.

“Friedheim’s Reservoire: A Failed Precursor to the Trombone Water Key,” Historic Brass Society Journal 17 (2005): 81-84.

“The ‘Quint-Terz-Tenor’ Trombone: An Enigma Solved,” Historic Brass Society Journal 18 (2006): 37-40.


"Trombone Slide Lubrication and other Practical Information for Brass Players in Joseph Fröhlich's Musikschule (1813)," Historic Brass Society Journal 21 (2009): 51-67.


"Andreas Nemetz's Neueste Posaun-Schule Revisited," Historic Brass Society Journal 23 (2011):103-18.


"Aurelio Virgiliano's Nuova intavolatura di tromboni," Historic Brass Society Journal 23 (2011):151-60.



Reviews

A Catalog of Music for the Cornett, by Michael Collver and Bruce Dickey. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996. In Historic Brass Society Journal 8 (1996): 138-41.

“The Trombone in the new MGG.” In Historic Brass Society Journal 10 (1998): 164-68.

Giovanni Martino Cesare, Musicali melodie (Munich, 1621). The instrumental pieces, edited by Robert Ischer, Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Bologna, 1998); Giuseppe Scarani, 18 Sonate concertante (Venice, 1630), edited by Doron David Sherwin, Ut Orpheus Edizioni (Bologna, 1998). In Historic Brass Society Journal 11 (1999): 191-94.

St. Thomas Sonata for trombone and piano, by Anonymous. Edited by Ken Shifrin, Virgo Music Publishers (Birmingham, 1999). In Historic Brass Society Journal 11 (1999): 206-08.

Seventeenth-Century Lutheran Church Music with Trombones, edited by Charlotte A. Leonard. Recent Researches in the Music of the Baroque Era, 131 (Middleton, WI: A-R Editions, 2003). In Historic Brass Society Newsletter 18 (2005): 24-5.

Divertimento No. 1 in B-flat “Chorale St Antoni”  Hob. II/46; FJH-1d, attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn. Edited by Douglas Yeo, (London: Sarastro Music, 2004). In Historic Brass Society Newsletter 18 (2005): 31.


Friedrich-August Belcke. Duo Concertant for two trombones, Op. 55. Edited by Raymond Lapie. Vuarmarens, Switzerland: The Brass Press (Editions BIM), 1999. Catalogue no. TB 50. Ca. $17.00. Historic Brass Society Website

Bläserartikulation in der Alten Musik: Eine kommentierte Quellensammlung / Articulation in Early Wind Music: A Source Book with Commentary by Edward H. Tarr and Bruce Dickey. Winterthur, Switzerland: Amadeus Verlag, 2007. In Historic Brass Society Journal 21 (2009): 124-26.

Sackbut Solutions: A Practical Guide to Playing the Sackbut by Adam Woolf. Mechelen, Belgium: author, 2009. In Historic Brass Society Journal 22 (2010): 111-14.

Her Majesty the Trombone! A Journey of Discovery, by
Karlheinz Weber. Translated by Daniel C. Villanueva. Publication series of the ITA, catalog number IPV 1229. Würzburg: crescendo brass, 2012. In Historic Brass Society Journal 25 (2013): 61-67.

Die Deutsche Posaune: Ein Leipziger Welterfolg [The German Trombone: A Worldwide Success from Leipzig]. Catalogue of the Special Exhibition presented by the Grassi Museum Leipzig in collaboration with the Verein für Mitteldeutsche Posaunengeschichte. Leipzig: Verlag des Museums für Musikinstrumente der Universität Leipzig, 2010. In Historic Brass Society Journal 25 (2013): 69-70.



Editions of Music

Johann Rudolf Ahle, “Herr, nun läßt Du Deinen Diener,” from Neu-gepflantzten Thüringischen Lust-Gartens Ander Theil (1658), for bass voice, four trombones, and basso continuo (Gorxheim: Parow'sche Musikalien, 1992)

Anonymous, 4 Sonatas (ca. 1650) for five trombones or bombardi (shawms) and basso continuo ad.lib. (Gorxheim: Parow'sche Musikalien, 1994)

Giovanni Valentini, Sonata à 4 for violin, cornettino, trombone, bassoon, and basso continuo (Gorxheim: Parow'sche Musikalien, 1994)

François René Gebauer, Six Trios from 50 Leçons pour les Trombonne Basse, Alto & Tenor (ca. 1820), Brass Urtext Series (Coventry: Warwick Music, 2010)

Anonymous (17th century), Sonata Trombono Solo & Basso (Ithaca, NY: Ensemble Publications, 2002)

Rupert Ignaz Mayr, “Beati Omnes,” from Sacri Concentus (Regensburg, 1681), for alto (or high tenor) voice, trombone (or viola), and basso continuo (Ithaca, NY: Ensemble Publications, 2005)

Johann Joseph Fux, Sonata à 3 (E 68) for trombone, 2 violins, and basso continuo (Ithaca, NY: Ensemble Publications, 2005)

Andrea Gabrieli, Ricercar del Duodecimo Tuono from Madrigali et Ricercari (Venice, 1589), for 4 instruments (Ithaca, NY: Ensemble Publications, 2005)

Daniel Speer, Sonata from Neu-gebachene Taffel-Schnitz (1685) for 4 trombones and basso continuo (Ithaca, NY: Ensemble Publications, 2005)

Biagio Marini, Canzon from Sonate, symphonie... (Venice, 1626) for 4 trombones and basso continuo (Ithaca, NY: Ensemble Publications, 2005)


Internet Resource

Trombone History: An Annotated Bibliography (by Douglas Yeo and Howard Weiner)
http://www.yeodoug.com/resources/text/history.html



Liner Notes

Trombone Grande: Music for bass sackbut around 1600. Oltremontano, Wim Becu. Accent ACC 24263 (2012)


Fede e Amor: Baroque Music with Trombones from the Viennese Imperial Court, Alex Potter (alto), Catherine Motuz and Simen van Mechelen (trombone), Ensemble La Fontaine, Ramée RAM 1304 (2013)



Editing

Vom Schäferidyll zur Revolution: Europäische Tanzkultur im 18. Jahrhundert. Proceedings of the 2nd Rothenfels Dance Symposium, 21–25 May 2008. Eds. Uwe Schlottermüller, Howard Weiner, and Maria Richter. Freiburg: fa-gisis Musik- und Tanzedition, 2008.

Early Twentieth-Century Brass Idioms: Art, Jazz, and Other Popular Traditions. Proceedings of the International Conference presented by the Institute of Jazz Studies of Rutgers University and the Historic Brass Society, November 4–5, 2005. Studies in Jazz 58. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

All’ungaresca - al español: die Vielfalt der europäischen Tanzkultur 1420–1820. Proceedings of the 3rd Rothenfels Dance Symposium, 6–10 June 2012. Eds. Uwe Schlottermüller, Howard Weiner, and Maria Richter. Freiburg: fa-gisis Musik- und Tanzedition, 2012.

Stewart Carter, The Trombone in the Renaissance: A History in Pictures and Documents. Bicina: The Historic Brass Society Series 8 Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2012.

Sabine K. Klaus, Trumpets and other High Brass: A History inspired by the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, vol. 1, Instruments of the Single Harmonic Series. Vermillion, SD: National Music Museum, 2012.

Sabine K. Klaus, Trumpets and other High Brass: A History inspired by the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection, vol. 2, Ways to Expand the Harmonic Series. Vermillion, SD: National Music Museum, 2013.


Tanz in Italien: Italienischer Tanz in Europa 1400―1900.
Proceedings of the 4th Rothenfels Dance Symposium, 25-29 May 2016. Eds. Uwe Schlottermüller, Howard Weiner, and Maria Richter. Freiburg: fa-gisis Musik- und Tanzedition, 2016.