Brandenburg on Bb

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  1. Tobias014

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    Is it plausible to play the Bach's 2nd Brandenburg Concerto on a standard Bb trumpet? I know its typically played on a piccolo trumpet but I've heard it performed on a natural trumpet in F which is pitched lower than a Bb trumpet. If it's possible on a natural trumpet shouldn't is be possible (and easier) on a modern Bb trumpet?
     
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  3. trumpetsplus

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    Do you want to play it one octave down?
     
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    If played down an octave I'd recommend flugelhorn or a cornet with a deep v-cupped mouthpiece. Barry Tuckwell played it an octave down on horn and made it work, but I can't picture it working on a big trumpet.
     
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    Oops, didn't see your latest post while writing mine. If you do want to play as written on a B[SUP]b[/SUP] try fingering every thing 1-3.
     
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    There is possibility of confusion here. Nate is playing a natural trumpet in F, period (best to remove the reference to low F). It happens to be around 1 1/2 times as long as our regular Bb trumpet. The Brandenburg can be played on this modern instrument; I recall hearing that an Englishman did this in the 1930s.
     
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    OK, I'll be the nitpicker here; Nate Mayfield is playing a Baroque trumpet, which has holes in the tubing to adjust the intonation of various notes. You can see him covering/uncovering them with the fingers of his right hand at 1:19, for instance. A natural trumpet has only two holes, one at each end.
     
  10. Cornyandy

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    Nice Peter, Kind Peter, Best Brass player on here trumpet GOD. Any chance of a skegg at that Brandenburg, I'm tracking music down for our new ensmeble and that might be a help
     

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