Added the following image and entry to the 19th Century Trombone History Timeline (2nd half):
c. 1883—Paris, France: Jean Beraud’s painting, The Box by the Stalls, offers a view, through a patron’s box seat, of a Parisian orchestra. Included is a clear depiction of a trombone (see facing image; public domain).
Decided to post these 19th century orchestra seating plans as a blog entry instead of in the Trombone Timeline, mainly for reasons of space. They are 15 seating plans from the year 1844, all of German/Austrian orchestras, as published in Ferdinand Gassner’s Partiturkenntnis (images public domain). I think they’re pretty intriguing. Trombones are included in almost all the orchestras, labeled variously as tromboni, posaunen, and their abbreviations. Click on each image for a larger version. It would appear that, for the most part, we’ve been in the back of the band for a long time!