The Meiningen Tromba Marina
A tromba marina (or marine trumpet) is a bowed, single-string instrument that was highly popular in the 17th and early 18th century. The music history collection of the Museums of Meiningen in Thuringia includes a tromba marina, most probably constructed in central Germany around 1680. Adhering to the inside of the body of the instrument are several strips of paper bearing text fragments. Some of these have been reassembled digitally, enabling their transcription. They proved to be texts referring to Pliny the Elder and a treatise on the ‘Turkish threat’, suggesting the instrument was used in a school. This analysis was a preliminary to a more precise identification of the age and provenance of the Meiningen tromba marina.
Further information (in German): Maren Goltz, Die Musikinstrumenten-Sammlung der Meininger Museen im Schloss Elisabethenburg. Vollständiges Bestandsverzeichnis mit ausführlicher Dokumentation. Unter Mitarbeit von Anne Koch. Meiningen 2012.