oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Duitse blaasmusikante aan die Kaap in die sewentiende en agtiende eeu

Volume 5, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1018-0745



Wind musicians were present since the first years of the Generale Vereenighde Nederlantsche G'octroyeerde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) at the Cape during the seventeenth century. Since 1656 the VOC muster rolls of the Cape garrison reveal the names of these musicians and they show that several German trumpeters worked at the Cape Castle during the seventeenth century. During the eighteenth century the number of German wind instrument players increased so considerably that the vast majority of all the trumpeters, fifers and haulbois-players of the Cape garrison were of German origin. Apart from these VOC officials, other German wind musicians were also present, viz. the band members of several foreign regiments, like the Regiments of Wurttemberg and Luxemburg, which were stationed at the Cape during the last quarter of the eighteenth century. Among the civilian musicians were a few German music teachers, some of whom gave instruction in the playing of wind instruments. Some of the Moravian missionaries in the Cape district were also capable of playing wind instruments, and they started a long and rich tradition of brass bands on several mission stations.

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