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The thayer valve and its effect on a generation and beyond
by Clovis, David John, II, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 109; 1490278
Abstract (Summary)

The question of what type of valve to use is a serious one for a trombonist. All musicians alike strive for a better sound and to improve their technique. The Thayer Valve has had a profound timbral effect on trombone timbre and responsiveness. In the trombone world valve choice is often discussed and arguments continue to rise about the subject. This project report seeks to show that the Thayer valve solves timbral and technical problems.

In order to fully understand the purpose of the Thayer valve, the creator of the valve must be brought to light. In chapter 1 of this project report I discuss Orla Ed Thayer and his mission for a better sound and design. His background as a musician and inventor will be discussed as well as the design of the valve.

Chapter 2 is about the effect the Thayer valve had on my recital. The first section will look at the Jose Berghmans' La Femme à Barbe and the technical advantage that the valve gives to the performer. In the Sonata in F Major by G.F. Handel I will express the positive impact that the Thayer valve has on phrasing. In Serenade No. 12 for Tuba by Vincent Persichetti I will show that the Thayer Valve allows the bass trombonist to achieve flexibility on the instrument. In discussing Divertimento by Boris Blacher, I will explore the Thayer valve's superior intonation and the positive effect it has on playing in smaller chamber groups.

Chapter 3 will explore the impact Thayer had on the trombone industry, and will give the reader a grasp of the campaign to improve trombone technology. In this section new designs and ideas for trombone valves will be discussed. Companies constantly look to outdo each other in order to have the best musicians playing their instruments, and this section will expose this battle.

The Conclusion shows that from the point of view of both the musician and the instrument builder the Thayer valve is superior. It will also show the effect that the valve has and will continue to have on the future of the trombone industry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Frear, Robert
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music
Publication Number: 1490278
ISBN: 978-1-124-54625-4
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