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God's Gift of Music: The Most Beautiful Trumpet Solos

Video from George Collier

"Composed for this concert by Kjetil Bjerkestrand. With Kringkastingsorkestret (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) conducted by Nick Davies. The opening of the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo" from video introduction.

Melissa Venema performing Il Silenzio live in Maastricht with André Rieu

Video from André Rieu

"André Rieu & Melissa Venema performing Il Silenzio live in Maastricht.

"Il Silenzio" is a memorial piece commissioned by the Dutch and first played in 1965 on the 20th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. It was written by Nini Rosso and Guglielmo Brezza." from video introduction.

The Origins of the Trumpet "The trumpet has existed since antiquity when humans first discovered the resonant sounds produced by blowing into hollow objects such as animal horns and conch shells, and by around 1500 BC, craftsmen began creating their own trumpets from wood, metal, and ceramic. These ancient trumpets have been found all over the world in places like China, South America, Scandinavia, Asia, and Egypt. In its earliest forms, the trumpet was not considered a musical instrument but a signaling device for civic, religious, or military purposes. Because its high, clear tones could be heard for miles, ancient trumpeters used short melodies or “calls” to communicate messages over long distances. The biblical book of Numbers describes these uses for the trumpet in detail, saying that trumpets were used to summon the people and break camp (Num. 10:2), sound the alarm during times of war (Num. 10:9), and participate in religious ceremonies (Num. 10:10). The trumpet continued to serve as a signaling device in for thousands of years, but the late Middle Ages saw a change in the trumpet’s design that transformed it into a musical instrument.." from the article: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE TRUMPET

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The Trumpet

Did You Know There are 9 Types of Trumpets?

"There are many variations of the trumpet, or horn, in today’s musical culture. B♭ trumpets are the most common type and the one most people refer to as simply “the trumpet”. But specialists use many different trumpet types for their music. These variations are used to achieve specific sounds in different genres.

I’ve played the B♭ (b-flat) trumpet in marching bands, jazz bands and classical orchestras for over a decade. The range of tones for this key of horn is F♯ (f-sharp) below Middle C to three octaves higher (F♯3-F♯6). This range is ideally suited to most mainstream music.

Here we’ll look at the different types of trumpets you’ll hear appearing in music today. If you’re considering the trumpet as a hobby or a career, explore how the variety of different horns sound. I’d encourage you to listen to music where these sounds are dominant to see whether they resonate with you.

1. B♭ trumpet

The B♭ trumpet is the most common type played today and traces back to antiquity. Early cultures used ram or ox horns, or even seashells, to communicate across large distances. As civilizations developed, horns become ceremonial and eventually musical.

Trumpets grew more versatile with this transition and the introduction of air holes and eventually valves. Trumpets have been further specialized into subgenres, such as the high-pitched piccolo, which has a more “pompous” trumpet sound. No matter which variation, the trumpet is a popular choice in every orchestral ensemble.." from the article: 9 Types of Trumpets


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