Posted by Jim Andrada on September 25, 2001 at 18:08:45:
In Reply to: Re: Dumb Question posted by Chuck on September 25, 2001 at 12:19:57:
I always get a headache trying to remember the various octave nomenclatures, but as I recall it, the octaves were known as small, great and contra, in descending order, and the octave was defined as from C to the next higher B
By this definition I think the tuba we know as CC would actually be a C, the French tuba in C would be a (small) c, and the BBb would be a (are you ready?) BBb
So the series would be:
BBBb (Like the 7' tall Harvard monster tuba that I played many many many years ago), BBb, C, Eb, F, Bb (most euphonia), c (French C tuba), eb (alto horn) etc etc etc
Anyone have a good "definitive" reference?