Traditional Quintet Instruments--Cornet or Trumpet ?

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  1. Strad007

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    Is it more appropriate for my high school quintet trumpet players members to use cornets instead of trumpets?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jiarby

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    depends on the style and period of music you are playing. Don't pigeon hole them on a specific horn. Use whatever instrument produces the sound that the piece calls for. Bb? C? Eb? Natural? Flugel? Cornet? Who cares what they are playing as long as it sounds right.
     
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  3. richtom

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    Take a look on youtube. Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, and basically any brass quintet there.
    Bb trumpets, C trumpets, piccolo, and flugelhorn are the standard. Cornets are rarely used in quintet work.
    Use trumpets if possible.
    Rich T.
     
  4. gzent

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    Our quintet has a library about 3 inches thick and its nearly all Bb trumpet with a few pieces for C, picc, flugel and lastly cornet.
     
  5. Strad007

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    Thanks for the input!
     
  6. Dale Proctor

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    Depends on the music you're playing, but most of the "classical style" quintet music should probably be played on trumpet for the best effect. If you get into marches, dixieland, Christmas carols, etc., then a cornet would be great.
     
  7. Branson

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    Some pieces were written specifically for cornet such as the Victor Ewald Quintets. It is a shame to play them on trumpet even though most of us do.
     
  8. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    There are no rules about this. If you are an accomplished cornetist, you can play any of the popular repertory with your main instrument. To be honest, I think that many pieces benefit from flexibility in the instrumentation!

    Many tend to forget that modern trumpets (especially C trumpets and higher) are essentially cornets because such a great portion of the bore is not cylindrical anymore.
     
  9. kehaulani

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    You could always use whichever horn the composer called for. :-?
     
  10. Vulgano Brother

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    Most players use trumpet, although Robert King preferred the idea of using cornets if a tuba was the bass instrument. The German Brass, in my opinion, have the most consistent sound quality from top to bottom, and they play mostly rotary trumpets.
     

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