A couple of months ago I posted an article on HubPages called Backward Advances: Rear-Facing Trombones Throughout History. It features 29 different images from 7 different countries. Three of the most interesting examples are pre-19th century. In a similar vein, I came across this painting attributed to Luca Giordano (1634-1705), an Italian artist from the late Baroque. I’m working on finding a better reproduction, but it would appear that the brass player in the center-left could be playing a rear-facing trombone as part of a basso continuo to accompany a group of singers.
I just added four more ophicleide pictures to my earlier post, Ophicleide History and Images, bringing the total to 21 pictures. Here’s one of them, below, from Félix Vobaron’s ophicleide method (which also includes a trombone in the background).
Check out this new article highlighting the history of the trombone and Christmas. Lots of interesting stuff, including paintings, videos, and interesting historical tidbits.