Why so many differently pitched Trumpets?

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Trumpet guy, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Phil Kersh

    Phil Kersh Pianissimo User

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    I enjoy the fact that I can play in multiple different scenarios and have different horns to create a unique and beautiful sound. Plus, it certainly doesn't hurt to have easier fingerings on some licks!
     
  2. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

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    That would generally be your "tree iron" right? ;-)
     
  3. samdaman

    samdaman Pianissimo User

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    I know multiple keyed trumpets allow me to achieve the right sound for a given piece. If you play the Hydan, Hummel or Neruda concerto on Bb, to me, it sounds too dark and like a Bb trumpet. Eb trumpets sound a characteristic way that is reminiscent of the trumpets found way back in the day (the WAY WAY back). Also trills are nicer to execute because you don't want a trill to be open to 2,3. It's due-able, but help a trumpet player out and try an Eb.

    Trumpet choir music also calls for a vast amount of trumpets in different keys. Take a look at the Army Herald trumpets. They all look the same right? WRONG. hehe... Two are pitched in G, 4 in Bb, and the rest I forget. (I'll get back to you on that one).
     
  4. trumpetnick

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    Though I agree with the rest of your post, modern E flat trumpets have a very different sound than the E flat keyed trumpet, which the Haydn and Hummel (BTW E trumpet, not E flat)concertos were written for. Check The Keyed Trumpet - Background Research . As a matter of fact, modern B flat trumpet sound is probably closer to the keyed trumpet than the modern piston E flat trumpet. It is totally a different story that it is easier to play it on and it has been popular to use for that kind of music.

    Check Concertos for Keyed Trumpet: Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Michele Puccini, Martin Haselböck, Wiener Akademie Orchester, Christian Gurtner, Hector McDonald, Reinhold Friedrich: Amazon.co.uk: Music
     
  5. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Trumpet guy,
    you are right. Other sized trumpets are just for the WIMPS that don't have the chops and security to play the parts on a REAL trumpet.

    or

    Trumpet guy,
    not all trumpet music was written to be played with a monster sound that covers up the rest of the musicians

    or

    Trumpet guy,
    when you try to smuggle 2 similar horns across borders, you have a hard time explaining. Different sized horns give you less trouble with customs

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    Trumpet guy
    I don't know why either, but I seem to get more smiles when I play baroque music with my higher pitched trumpets.

    The truth probably includes all of the above...........................
     

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