Wind music enchants. But sometimes she also gives up puzzles. For example in the instrumentation of a Wind Orchestra. The history of the wind orchestra goes back to the year 1770, when the first works for “harmony music” were written, which at that time were often used for open-air concerts and table music. The usual instrumentation consisted of a wind octet (two oboes, two clarinets, two horns and two bassoons). Works for this instrumentation are today considered to be chamber music. In the course of the decades further brass instruments were added and so in Central Europe the current wind ensemble is called “Harmoniemusik”, although they have nothing in common with the original form.
In various countries, other formations emerged, such as the fanfare formations in the Benelux countries. Here brass, saxophone and percussion are used almost exclusively. Typical for fanfares is the instrumentation with many flugelhorns. The saxophone movement is therefore used with brass instruments from the family of woodwind instruments. Sometimes you can also see transverse flutes in such orchestras.
BrassBands is another branch that has developed in the Benelux, England, Switzerland and in recent years in Austria. Only brass instruments are used here.
At musicainfo.net we have taken these forms of instrumentation into account, namely with:
Ha = Concert Band
Fa = Fanfare Orchestra
Bra = Brass Orchestra
additionally there is the selection for:
MB = Marching Band
YB = for young bands
Flexi = for variable wind ensembles
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