Massimiliano Neri: 5 More Trombone Recordings

More recordings of early Baroque music. I recently added the 5 recordings shown below to the Trombone History Timeline (17th century, 2nd half). I also updated the timeline information on the composer, Massimiliano Neri. While I was at it, I discovered that there is currently a popular Italian fashion model by the same name. This Massimiliano Neri predates that one by several centuries!


1651—Venice, Italy: Italian composer and organist Massimiliano Neri issues a collection of sonatas, Sonate da sonarsi con varii stromenti, scored for diverse combinations of instruments, including trombones. Regarding instrumentation, the collection’s preface mentions that performers may adapt instrumentation “to their taste.” Many of the sonatas may have been intended for the wedding of the Habsburg emperor Ferdinand III (Selfridge-Field, Instrumentation). Sonata 8 is scored for 2 cornetts, bassoon, and 3 trombones; Sonata 11 is scored for 2 violins, viola, 2 cornetts, bassoon, and 3 trombones; Sonata 12 is scored for 5 violins and 5 trombones; and Sonata 14 is scored for 2 cornetts, bassoon, 3 trombones, 2 violins, viola, and tiorba or viola (Collver 63; Winkler 304).