I remember one concert in Munich. MA was playing together with Hedwig Bilgram on the organ, and that good lady kept pushing the speed, going faster, and faster, and faster... until MA couldn't keep up and with a playful gesture, put down his instrument, went a few steps away and made as if he were using the trumpet as a speed camera. And when Hedwig Bilgram stopped playing, MA announced to the audience he was fining her for speeding...
For some reason I can picture Maurice and Gabriel talking--not about mouthpieces (shop talk and boasting goes on in the other place, I suspect) but rather things like beauty, love and fine wines.
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
For the last concert he played in Munich, I brought my trumpet case along, and had him autograph it... He very kindly wrote: "Amicalement, Maurice André" and the date. I then continued that tradition and by this time that case bears the signatures of Guy Touvron, Sergej Nakarjakov, Hakan Hardenberger, Wynton Marsalis, Jens Lindemann, Ron Romm, Fred Mills (and the rest of the classic Canadian Brass: David Ohanian, Gene Watts and Chuck Daellenbach). You can guess that case hasn't seen a trumpet for some years and is one of my prize possessions... I'm just waiting to add Alison Balsom and Tine Thing Helseth to the collection.
Ludwig Güttler once saw the case and asked to be allowed to sign it, but was declined the honour...
Bach Artist LTD-1
Yamaha YTR-732( now gone)
Selman C, rose brass( ongoing experiment)
72 Olds Custom Crafted
Selman Flugle( I know, it's Chinese)( Any body got a Getzen valve block I can put in this thing?)
Conn 17A Cornet
Bugles across America
RIP, Maurice. Fortunately, you have achieved a kind of immortality through your recordings.
Instruments: 1974 Bach Strad 180S-37, standard leadpipe
Late 1960's Bach Strad 239 CML C trumpet
2012 Schilke B5
ACB pocket trumpet (Thanks, Trent!!)
1959 Holton Collegiate trumpet
1942 Conn 80A Victor cornet
Sonora double French horn
one that works with his hands - laborer
one that works with hands and head - craftsman
one that works with hands, head and heart - artist
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