TenorTrombone and Bb Trumpet Music Key?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Peter McNeill, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    This may be a basic question, but has been floating around unanswered in mynhead for a while. Can I have a simple answer.

    I have been learning Trombone and the Bass Clef, and have an issue that the Tenor Trombone is written in C in the Bass Clef, but if I grab a Tenor valve Trom or Marching Trom and play the Bb trumpet part in Treble Clef, it is in tune with the trumpets.

    Why is Tenor Trom written in C in the Bass Cllef?
  2. nordlandstrompet

    nordlandstrompet Forte User

    Apr 5, 2008
    The tenor trombone is normally in the key of Bb.
    The range is within the "bass area", which means that the music
    often is written in Bass clef.
    If you grab a Bb trumpet part, you don't need to transpose
    but can play the music "as written".
    There is an exception: The music for tenor trombone in the
    typical British Brass Bands is written in treble clef, whilst the
    bass trombone is written in bass clef
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Tradition. Just like trumpet players have essentially always gotten transposed parts.

    The trombone was in service LONG before the modern trumpet. They always got C parts. The guilds (unions essentially) made sure that trumpet players always got transposed parts. After they died off after the baroque period, the tradition was established and still is today.

    Actually, the tenor trombone gets the tenor clef quite often in rennaissance, baroque and classical music. The alto trombone the alto clef and the bass trombone....................?
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2009

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