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Sackbut

sackbut

The sackbut is a trombone from the Renaissance and Baroque eras and, along with the cornetto and organ, was one of the most important instruments in Baroque polychoral (a Venetian style of music which involved spatially separate choirs singing in alternation) works.  It belongs to the brass family, a lot like a trumpet, except that it has a telescopic slide with which the player varies the length of the tube to change pitches.

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