Book: Trumpets and Other High Brass: Volume 5: The Modern Trumpet

Book: Trumpets and Other High Brass: Volume 5: The Modern Trumpet

National Music Museum

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Trumpets and Other High Brass:  A History Inspired by The Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection 
Volume 5: The Modern Trumpet 
by Sabine Katharina Klaus (2024)

Trumpets and Other High Brass is a series of five volumes, illustrated with instruments from the Utley Collection at the National Music Museum and other major collections.

This fifth and final volume of the history of high brass instruments deals with the trumpet of the modern era. Starting with the earliest patents related to the modern piston-valve trumpet in Paris in the 1870s, it traces the trumpet’s initial struggles to disentangle itself from the cornet and shake off the reputation as an elite orchestra instrument, to its dominance as the most important high brass instrument of the twentieth century.

Chapters are dedicated to the B-flat rotary-valve trumpet of German-speaking regions, low trumpets, such as the F trumpet and the bass trumpet, as well as trumpets in C and in higher keys. The history of the piccolo trumpet is explored, and the pocket trumpet discussed, as are various straight trumpet designs for parades and the opera stage. The book concludes with a juxtaposition of extreme ideas for the trumpet—heavy and light—at the end of the twentieth century by makers who are still active in the twenty-first century.

Available only in hardcover, Volume 5 includes 300 pages in an 8-1/2" x 11" format with full color illustrations and an accompanying DVD of musical examples performed on instruments from the Utley Collection.

 


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