Playing with History

This blog post consists of links to online resources for presentations at the 2016 International Trumpet Guild Conference on June 2, 2016 in Anaheim, California, as well as the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Tech in October 2016. Enjoy!


I. Trumpet History Overview

Trumpet History Timeline on Stan Curtis’s blog, Trumpet Journey

Sea Shell trumpets at

Joseph Kaminski’s HBS article on Asante Ivory Trumpets

Kelly: The Trumpeter of Krakow

Bruce Dickey (cornetto) – Palestina: Nigra Sum

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (Jordi Savall, conductor)

Monteverdi: Vespers – 1. Deus in adjutorium (Jean Tubery, La Fenice)

Purcell: Canzona from Funeral Music for Queen Mary (featuring the Flat trumpet, early slide trumpet).

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto (Mvt. 1) – David Guerrier, keyed trumpet

Ralph Dudgeon: Introduction to Keyed Bugle

Rossini: “Ah, quel giorno ognor rammento” from Semiramide (Marilyn Horne) – the fast section starts around 3:02.

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (3rd Mvt.) – Jean Francois Madeuf, natural trumpet

II. Introduction to Period Instruments

Historic Brass Society

The Baroque Trumpet Shop (Barry Bauguess)

Edward Tarr: The Art of Baroque Trumpet Playing

Dauverné: Methode pour la Trompete (1857) – PDF version available from

International Trumpet Making Workshop (Barclay, Münkwitz, Seraphinoff)

West & Smith: How to Play the Cornett

Christopher Monk Instruments (Jeremy West)

Cornetto Making Workshop (Sam Goble)

Robb Stewart Brass Instruments (vintage cornets, trumpets, and so much more!)

III. Resources

Sabine Klaus: Trumpets and Other High Brass

John Butt: Playing with History

Carter (Ed): A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music

Grun: Timetables of History – Digital Sheet Music for Trumpet (especially historic methods)

Hugh Sung: From Paper to Pixels (Guide to digital sheet music)

AirTurn – Hugh Sung’s bluetooth foot pedals for turning pages on tablets

Koehler: Fanfares and Finesse

Koehler: A Dictionary for the Modern Trumpet Player

Haydn: Concerto in E-flat Major (edited by Elisa Koehler, published by Carl Fischer Music)

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