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Interview with Crispian Steele-PerkinsThe summer 2004, I visited the Bate Collection in Oxford. There, I found the latest recording by Crispian Steele-Perkins, The Regent's Bugle. Other performers on the recording are Ian Partridge, tenor, Leslie Pearson, piano and David Woodcock, violin. Crispian Steele-Perkins is known as a virtuoso solo trumpeter whose particular interest is to restore, play and record upon antique instruments of the trumpet family.
A. The Regent's Bugle (Short Model Slide-Trumpet)
title of the CD, The Regent's Bugle, is also a name for this trumpet.
Tell us about this instrument!
English Slide Trumpets survive from the 19th century [I have 9].They are robustly
built and are a perfected natural
trumpet. The Handelian tradition in Engand [ where we have 3 seasons not 4,
Spring , Summer & "Messiah"] kept
this obsolete instrument well occupied, even into the early 20th century.
The tradition to play on this type of instrument was kept for a long time in England by players like Harper senior and junior.
The purity of
sound which Purcell & Handel heard on the trumpet is completely preserved
on the slide trumpet which continued to
use a large Hemispherical mouthpiece which eliminates the horrible screaming
noise which modern engineering has
bequeahed to a formally "noble" tone !
I understand you are very fond of this instrument. What make it so special?
On several of the tracks marked A, you play pieces by John T. Norton. Who was he?
was a superb Trumpeter who preceeded Harper as Professor at the Royal Academy of
Music. He emigrated
to the USA in c.1827 and was probably every bit as fine a player as Harper.
B. The Keyed Trumpet
is the trumpet that Haydn and Hummel wrote their trumpet concertos for.
Is it an original instrument you play on here?
My Keyed Trumpet was made by Robert Vanrynne C 1996
What is the main challenge playing the Keyed Trumpet?
The difficulty is to obtain an even tone between the "open" and "Closed" notes. The height to which each key is raised is critical as is the precise size of the hole. It should not on any account be blown to forcefully - don't try to make it sound like a modern trumpet - it is beautiful as it is !
You perform the andante and rondo by Hummel as a trio, with piano and violin. Do you know if Weidinger, for whom Hummel wrote the concerto performed it like this?
Musicalische Zeitung fully reported a concert by Weidinger in Dec 1802 in which
amongst other things he played "a nicely written
Trio for Keyed Trumpet , Violin and Pianoforte" by Hummel of Vienna. It is my
contention that this was expanded in to his Concerto.
In the slow movement of Hummel, track 5, you play some trills that are very special. It sounds a bit funny and this effect indicates that Weidinger and Hummels must have worked close together.
The 2nd &
3rd movements clearly have Weidinger "leaning over Hummel's Shoulder" [the
opening one is less gimmicky] This is evident from
the trills on the same note [wavy lines] in the last 2 movts. only
obtainable on the notes Hummel uses.
C. The Two Valved Trumpet
There are many well preserved concert programmes and advertisments which tell us exactly what Harper & his colleagues played, amongst these pieces are Schubert's "Ave Maria" specifically promoting his Valved Trumpet !
D. The Cornopean.