The instruments used in the sextet are from the early brass sextet period, ie from 1800’s and early 1900’s. – and indigenous to Sweden . The instruments were constructed to present a mellow singing sound which can produce the softest and tender concepts as well as the pompous. The brass instruments have a rotary valve construction with the third valve being unique for Sweden. The instruments are either tuned in Eb or Bb and all parts are written in G-clef. The original idea was that any brass musician could play any of the brass instruments using the same fingerings and reading the same notes. One of our current musicians can actually play all the instruments, the others being more specialized, which is presently more the norm. A modern tuba adaptation utilizes the F tuba with ‘Berliner pumpen’ as valves and parts in bass clef.
The Sigtuna Brass Sextet utilizes a colorful and bravura Eb cornet, the festive Bb cornet and trumpet, Eb horn, the solo and obligato Bb tenor basun, a second basun, F tuba, and trapset drummer. This combination provides all the ingredients for a full sound in most situations and musical traditions.