Working the Hummell

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jason_boddie, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. jason_boddie

    jason_boddie Piano User

    Dec 26, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    Well, it's been a fun ride so far. Many of you know, or atleast, have heard my story as a comeback guy. Well to further the comeback, after 16years I decided to ourchase and work up the Hummell again.

    Boy had I forgotten some things about that piece of music. It has been however, rather enjoyable so far. Here is a question for all you experts. I know that it was written for a Eb Trumpet, a horm I do not own. What is the benefit of playing it on that horn verses the Bb? Is it a brighter tone, easier fingering patterns, what?
  2. trumpetnick

    trumpetnick Fortissimo User

    Nov 16, 2005
    Vidin, Bulgaria
    First of all, Hummel wrote the concerto originally in E, not E flat. It was transposed in E flat to avoid funky fingerings and trills when played on B flat trumpet. As for the E flat trumpet use - if you don't play the concerto often, you can deal with on B flat trumpet. The E flat or respectively E trumpet will probably give you more security and easier fingering, but unless you have a really good horn will give you intonation troubles as well.

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