Tosto che L’alba for Trombone Quartet by Gherardello da Firenze


This fourteenth century Florentine caccia or chase uses canons, hockets, and horn calls to describe a medieval hunt.

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Tosto che L’alba for Trombone Quartet

Gherardello da Firenze

arranged by Scott Vaillancourt

This fourteenth century Florentine caccia  is representative of the chase, a trecento song which describes the hunt in its text and imitates it with its form by way of canon. One voice chases the other. The cries and horn calls of the hunters are brought to life as abrupt exclamations and highlighted rhytmically with hockets and syncopations.  Originally for two equal voices and an instrumental tenor, this arrangement is not only a good way for trombonists to learn some medieval music but also it is great fun to play.It can also be played as a trio, omitting the fourth part.


• Intermediate

• Duration 3 minutes


Additional information

Weight 6 oz


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Tosto che L'alba for Trombone Quartet by Gherardello da Firenze