Abstract: J. B. Arban's Grande methode complete pour cornet a pistons et de saxhorn (c. 1859) remains one of the most influential works of trumpet pedagogy ever written. Recognizing the great value and influence of Arban's original Methode, Jean Maire sought to create a more comprehensive pedagogical work for the trumpet and cornet player of his time through extensive editing and reordering of Arban's original materials, and with the addition of new materials. Maire's Arban: celebre methode complete de trompette, cornet a pistons et saxhorn (1956) constitutes the most definitive representation of trumpet pedagogy of its time, and remains remarkably complete even through the present time.
The present study: (1) Documents that J. B. Arban's Grande methode complete pour cornet a pistons et de saxhorn (c. 1859) is a remarkably complete representation of the requisite technical and musical skills inherent in cornet performance during Arban's time. (2) Documents the need for modernization of Arban's original Methode for use by the cornet or trumpet players of the present time and illustrates Jean Maire's success toward that end in his Arban: celebre methode complete de trompette, cornet a pistons et saxhorn (1956). (3) Addresses limitations of coverage provided by Maire's edition of Arban's Methode by (a) developing an outline in order to identify and organize literature which treats those major skills pertinent to trumpet performance and by (b) providing a listing of selected materials, as well as an illustrative example for each of those categories of technical and musical skills identified by Gordon Mathie in The Trumpet Teacher's Guide (1984) which are lacking in coverage through musical materials in the Arban-Maire. (4) Presents an annotated bibliography of selected trumpet study materials which demonstrate value for study of the requisite skills identified by Mathie and which augment the coverage of technical and musical skills provided by the Arban-Maire.