The word sackbut
probably came from the French words saquer, meaning to pull, and bouter, meaning to push.
Using traditional Renaissance instruments, such as the hurdy-gurdy, sackbut
trombone, tabor drums and bagpipes, they brought the music of the 16th and 17th Century alive in the town's Market Place as the three-day festival got underway.
The musicians are Gesine Banfer and Ian Harrison on shawms, bombards and bagpipes, Marie Garner-Marzullo on slide trumpet, and Christian Braun on slide trumpet and sackbut
There are also sturdy contributions from the ponderously-named Quintessential Sackbut
and Cornett Ensemble.
There they all were, reeling off lists which oozed self-righteous meaningful activity (macrobiotic cookery, playing the sackbut
,novelty vegetablecarving) while I was stumped.
There are a few clangers, too, notably the continental woodcut on page 103 being given English nationality (and is a sackbut
player really a "sackbutter?
Bach, works by Michael Praetorius and William Brade, and early canzonas and sonatas for violin and sackbut
by Dario Castello and Giulio Belli.
Instruments used by The York Waits on the new recording range from a band of shawms (loud reed instruments) and sackbut
(the early trombone) to softer combinations of flutes, recorders and stringed instruments like lute, harp and early guitar.
Tomorrow night Bromsgrove Concerts promotes 'Nightmare in Venice: a Baroque Fantasy' by Red Priest at the comfortable and welcoming Spadesbourne Hall (8pm, details on 01527 874163), and Saturday sees an altogether more reassuring aspect of La Serenissima when Armonico Consort is joined by the English Cornett and Sackbut
Ensemble at St Peter's Church, Leamington for 'A Venetian Christmas' (7.
The early electronic instruments, hailed fifty years ago as exemplars of the modern era, are likely today to seem as quaint and antiquated as the sackbut
or the arpeggione.
They will bring along an array of instruments played in Tudor times - bagpipes, crumhorns, curtal, fiddle, gittern, harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, percussion, pipes, rebec, recorders, renaissance violin, sackbut
, shawms, tabors and trumpets.
This concert on Saturday at Birmingham Cathedral brings the sound of cornett, shawm, sackbut
, mute cornett, recorder, lute, harpsichord and chamber organ (7.