The Natural Trumpet Resource Web Site
The purpose of this site is to compile a list of resources for those interested
in the natural trumpet from among many scattered web sites. References
to any additional resources, either on or off line, should be forwarded
Neither Goucher College nor the author of this page is responsible
for the content of any pages listed below.
Last update: 6/28/05
Books - Here are some books which discuss the natural
trumpet to some degree. Many are out of print, so check your library.
Altenburg, Detlef, Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der Trompete im Zeitalterder
Clarinblaskunst (1500-1800), Kölner Beiträge zur Musikforschung,
Altenburg, Johann Ernst, Trumpeters' and Kettledrummers' Art (1795),
translated by E. H. Tarr, The Brass Press, Nashville (1974). 148 pages
with BW plates and musical examples.
Baines, Anthony, Brass Instruments; Their History and Development,
Dover Publications, Inc., New York (1993).
Barclay, Robert, The
Art of the Trumpet Maker, Oxford University Press, Oxford (1992).
A review of the tools and manufacturing techniques of baroque trumpet makers.
Cassone, Gabriele, La Tromba,
Zecchini Editore, Varese (2002). In Italian.
Csiba, Jozsef and Gisela, Barocktrompeten,
Barockhörner, Edition Merseburger. No other information available.
Eichborn, Hermann, The Old Art of Clarino Playing on Trumpets (1894),
translated by Bryan R. Simms, Tromba Publications, Denver (1976). A peek
at the early years of the trumpet's revival.
Eichborn, Herman, Die Trompete in alter und neuer Zeit, Breitkopf
& Härtel, Leipzig (1881).
Fasman, Mark J., Brass Bibliography, Indiana Press, Bloomington
(1990). An exhaustive listing of articles about brass instruments in general.
This work is continued on-line by David Lasocki (see below).
Hiller, Albert, Music
for Trumpets from Three Centuries (c.1600-after1900): Compositions for
1-24 Natural Trumpets with and without Timpani, W.G. Haas, Köln
Smithers, Don L., The Music and History of the Baroque Trumpet before
1721 2nd ed., Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale (1988).
Still the authoritative work on the subject for English speaking readers.
352 pages with 21 plates, many different from the first edition. An appendix
lists many works including scoring along with the editions/sources. Many
updates and corrections of information in the first edition.
- Steele-Perkins, Crispian, Trumpet (Publisher's info will be inserted soon).
An excellent book for young players, written in a very relaxed and conversational style,
although difficult to read due to recurring typographical errors. Covers very briefly many of the early forms of trumpet and trumpet-like instruments (with many BW photos), as well as suggestions for improving technique and performance habits.
Tarr, Edward H., Die Trompete, Hallwag Verlag, Bern (1977). Also
available in English and French. A more general discussion of the trumpet
from Roman times to the present, but with a heavy emphasis on the baroque.
147 pages with many color plates. The German edition includes a record
of musical examples.
Journals and Articles - A number of scholarly
journals devote some of their pages to the natural trumpet. Here
are a few of the most generous:
Each individual Journal's web site often includes an index of the contents
of that journal. An index of articles before 1990 is contained in Fasman,
Mark J., Brass Bibliography, Indiana Press, Bloomington (1990).
An index for articles which appeared after 1988 has been made available
on-line by Dr David Lasocki (see below).
Brass Bulletin - Rue de Moleson
14, Ch 1630 Bulle, Switzerland
Brass Quarterly - Appleyard Publishing, Box 111, Durham, NH 03824
Early Music - Oxford University
Press, Press Road, Neasden, London NW10 0DD, U.K.
Galpin Society -2
Quinton Rise, OADBY LE2 5PN, Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Historic Brass Society Journal-
148 West 23rd Street #2A, New York, New York 10011
International Trumpet Guild Journal-
020 Anne Hardin, PO Drawer 2025, Columbia SC 29202
Natural Trumpet Methods
Altenberg, Johann Ernst, Trumpeters' and Kettledrummers' Art, English
translation by Edward H. Tarr, The Brass Press, Nashville (1974).
Bendinelli, Cesare, Tutta l'arte della Trombetta, Edward H. Tarr,
ed., Bärenreiter, Kassel (1975). [facsimile]
Bendinelli, Cesare, The Entire Art of Trumpet Playing, English translation
by Edward H. Tarr, The Brass Press, Nashville (1975).
Dauverne, Francois G. A., Method pour la Trompette, International
Music Diffusion, Paris (1991). [facsimile]
Fantini, Girolamo, Modo per Imparare a Sonare di Tromba..., The
Brass Press, Nashville (1978). This edition includes an English translation
by Edward H. Tarr.
Fantini, Girolamo, Modo per Imparare a Sonare di Tromba..., Igino
Conforzi, ed., Ut Orpheus Edizioni, Bologna (1998).
Harper, Thomas, Instructions for the Trumpet, Spring Tree Enterprises,
Homer (1988). [facsimile]
Hunt, Clyde, Clarinblasen, B-flat Music Production, Colonial Beach
Laird, Michael, BrassWorkBook
for Natural Trumpet, BrassWorks, Essex U.K. (1999).
Owens, Frank J., to be published by Lyric Brass.
Plunkett, Paul, Technical and Musical Studies for the Baroque Trumpet,
Musikverlag Spaeth/Schmid, Herrenberg-Kuppigen (1995).
Speer, Daniel, Vierfaches Musicalisches Kleeblatt, English
translation by Henry Howey, (1687&97).
Tarr, Edward H., The
Art of Baroque Trumpet Playing, Schott, Mainz (1999). Three Volumes.
Books of the 19th c. compiled by Dr Friedrich Anzenberger
Programs of Study -
Players & Ensembles
You may also wish to visit Brad Leissa's PIPE
Only publicly available e-mail addresses and web pages are listed here.
Makers of Reproduction
Natural Trumpets - The quality and degree of authenticity of these instruments
vary a great deal; some are hand-made using only techniques available in
the baroque era, while others are made of modern bells and tubing soldered
together. Some use vent holes to help correct intonation and increase security,
others do not.
For more information about a specific maker, consult: Nussbaum, Jeffery,
A Survey of Trumpet Makers World-Wide, HBSNL 14, 12 (2001).
There is additional information
in the advertisement section of the HBS web site.
Goucher College does not endorse any of the makers listed, although
the author of this page has some opinions.
Dealers and Shops (New and Used)
Makers of accessories include:
Only publicly available e-mail and web site addresses are listed here.
Music Editions - Here are a few
on-line catalogs. Be careful of arrangements and the like, but do not rule
out editions simply because they are listed as being for Bb trumpets; these
are often perfectly acceptable editions which are merely transposed.
Neither Goucher College nor the author of this page endorses any of
the vendors/publishers listed.
Here are links to the pages of organizations who were kind enough to
provide links to this page: