Here is the place to discuss anything in the Rimsky-Korsakov Brass lesson.
As you might surmise, much has changed in the brass world since R-K's time.
We can discuss those changes here--Gary will soon be posting some "points to ponder" I assembled about post-RK brass playing, mostly concerning:
*Improvements/changes in instrument design and their consequences for composers/orchestrators.
*Improvement in performer skills, especially on trombone & tuba, and consequences for composers/orchestrators.
*How to write good parts (good form, that is--I'll leave most of the content issues to you ) for the various brass.
Just who am I?? I have played tuba and tenor tuba (euphonium) in orchestras either side of I-65 since the Crimean War--done most all of the big euphonium stuff numerous times. I also calculate that I have counted 156 days' (3744 hours) worth of rests and tacets. During that time I was able to learn much by observing and querying my brass colleagues about performance skills. I also do a fair amount of music typesetting with Finale.
These days, I am a euphonium soloist, clinician, and teacher around Indianapolis and perform with several wind and brass ensembles. Next weekend, I'll be a featured performer at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Lexington, KY...the third time I've been featured there.
My musical icon and mentor is Harvey Phillips, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Indiana University School of Music. It has been my good fortune to hang on his coattails for a number of years.
I am also here to answer any questions you may have about brass instruments and how to write for them. If I do not know the answer to your question myself, I will consult with one of my colleagues and report back to you. For topics on which there is some "lack of consistency," I will also get a "second opinion" for you.
I have learned much on these GPO forums, and I have yet much to learn from you. I mentioned this RK project to several of my orchestral brass friends and they are pleased that composers are learning about brass specifically, and about the orchestra in general.
So...in the GPO spirit, let's learn from one another!