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The Glover Family Name

Ever wondered about the origin of your family name? Mine is "Glover". Presumably, one of my ancestors was a maker of gloves, perhaps a member of the London City Guild of the same name.

The picture at the top of this page is the coat of arms for The Worshipful Company of Glovers, a London City Guild established in a Charter in 1639 and dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the noble art of glovemaking. The Company used to have a hall in Beech Lane, Cripplegate, London but this was sold long ago and the Company's influence declined towards the end of the 1800s. It is now more active, for example in encouraging good workmanship by presenting awards. From the coronation of Queen Victoria, it has been the custom for the Company to present the queen with coronation gloves.

Nowadays perhaps, few Glovers make gloves but some are musical and play the piano, trumpet, saxophone or Javanese Anklang - Others play trombones


Trombone players are, in a sense the most fortunate amongst instrumentalists. Their instrument is needed in a wider variety of ensembles than almost any other except perhaps for drums. It is found in symphony orchestras, brass bands, dance bands, jazz bands, Mexican Mariachi bands, Columbian salsa bands and concert bands. Trumpets are almost as ubiquitous, but are replaced by cornets in English brass bands - more's the pity some say. Nowadays, the most common form of trombone is the tenor in B-flat - about 126 inches long, 2/3 of it straight and sliding and 1/3 conical. If it were all straight like a clarinet, it would overblow in 12ths and sound like a weedy hose pipe, but the conical flared bit ensures it overblows in octaves with a proper sonority. The addition of an extra 63 inches switched in by a valve turns the thing into a bass trombone in F also in common use today. For some strange reason though, it was the custom for French composers, until recent times, to employ 3 equal (B-flat) trombones for the alto, tenor and bass parts in classical music. It was therefore common for adventurous French composers like (eg) Berlioz to write lots of fundamental notes in their scores (these are below the instrument's normal bottom compass) in order to get a proper bass sound. In Monteverdi's time (the 1600s) however, a full set of four instruments (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) were common - he used them in Orpheo and other pieces. The shortness of the soprano trombone (same pitch as a modern trumpet) makes it difficult to play in tune and it has disappeared. But, the alto in E-flat has made a bit of a comeback and sounds great in pre-1900 classical pieces such as Brahms' and Beethoven's symphonies, and sundry operas and masses which were written for it.

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