The Trumpet - by Edward Tarr
The Trumpet is finally available again in English - in a
revised and enlarged edition!
For many years people from all over the world have tried to get a copy
of the first english edition of The
Trumpet. On Internet a copy has turned up a few times, but the
prise asked was astronomical.
Thanks to David
Hickman and his publishing company, Hickman Music Edition, this
wonderful and important text is now available in soft and hard
covers in an updated and enlarged version.
Dr. Edward Tarr
is the world's leading authority on the history of the trumpet and its
repertoire. The first edition was published in 1977 in German and called
Die Trompete (Hallwag
AG, Bern). In 1988 it was translated into English by S. E.
Plank and Edward Tarr.
When Tarr celebrated his 70th
birthday in 2006, Schott
publised a new edition of the German version, Die
There are 8 chapters in the book. It opens with an
introduction, discussing how to define a trumpet, what
the sound and
function of the trumpet is, description of the natural trumpet and its
harmonic series and the valve trumpet and its harmonic series.
Chapter 6 (p. 60 - 90), The Golden
Age of the Natural Trumpet (1600 - 1750) and chapter
8 (p. 102 - 149), The Modern Epoch
of the Trumpet: From 1815 to Today, are the largest parts of the
Chapter 1 to 5 about the early history is shorter due to the obvious
of historic sources. It begins
with the origins and uses of the
trumpet in in different parts of the world (New Guinea, Australia,
Egypt, Israel and Africa). Tarr then
traces the evolution of the instrument through Greece, ancient Rome
and all of Europe.
Chapter 7, The
Trumpet in an Era of Decline (1750 - 1850) is a time "of crisis
for the trumpet" but also when the new inventions of the keyed trumpet
and the valved cornet and trumpet came.
Chapter 8 is where most of the new and updated information can be
found. Here, Tarr discusses the
trumpet's role as
an orchestral instrument during the nineteenth century, the rise and
fall in popularity of the cornet, and the modern epoch of the trumpet
since 1900. Tarr uses very recent
research - one example is a study
of the trumpet as a solo
instrument since 1900 by Verena
Jacobsen Barth (Gothenburg
This thoroughly revised edition
also details the rebirth of the natural trumpet (and even the keyed
lists many current instrument makers and performers of the instrument.
A discussion of many of today's most influential and successful
trumpet performers can be found, including such prominent classical
Adolf Scherbaum, Maurice Andre, Reinhold Friedrich,
Rafael Mendez, and Timofei Dokshizer.
Orchestral performers such as
William Vaechiano, Roger Voisin and Thomas Stevens,
and jazz trumpeters such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Wynton
Anderson, and Maynard Ferguson are also in this new edition.
Three afterwords about the
different editons and the
translation, a biography section and an index concludes the book.
This book is a must have for all serious
trumpet teachers, performers and students!
How to order:
You can order the book directly from Hickman Music Editions webpage (see link below).
Publisher: Hickman Music Edition
of pages: 176
Photographs: 37, including 8 in color
Illustrations and musical examples: 57
Date: January 2009
Prices: Soft cover - $35.00 / Hard cover - $49.00 (limited number,
include autograph by E. Tarr)