This book, on the Wind-band and its instruments, must necessarily have points similar with works written concerning the orchestra, for wind instruments - at least some of them - are the coloring elements of that organization.
Again, in works treating of orchestration, wind instruments come in for consideration. Regarded from much the same point of view as the painter looks upon his colors, they are there valued accordingly and discussed in their relations as primary colors, in their blending possibilities to produce new tints, in their diffusive capacities, in their powers for vivid contrasts and for their qualities to enrich orchestra ensemble.
In neither instance are they dealt with as individualities of special and distinct value, but rather as parts of a whole and subordinate to string instruments. This condition results, of course, from environment. They are essentials, but aliens, and, though they may have the loudest voices, speak only by permission. Their loquacious neighbors have most to say, in fact, talk all the time and, naturally, insist upon priority of rank in their own domain.