Trumpet 1/2 - Brass orchestra - Philipp Dangas

Trumpet 1/2 - Brass orchestra [sound combinations]

General information about the sound combinations with the trumpet

The unison combination between trumpets and trombones or horns has the function of sound massing. In general, connections between instruments result in a "new" timbre. Especially if their formant doesn't match.

The combination of trumpet and horn sounds also results in a "new" timbre. In which the power and brightness of the trumpet sound and at the same time the softness of the horn sound combine. But when using the damper, the difference in tone color is almost eliminated.

The tonal relationships are more complicated when the trumpet is combined in unison with the woodwinds. A clear dynamic restraint on the trumpet is necessary for the woodwind instruments to come into their own.

The unison of the trumpets with the string instruments, e.g. B. in tutti, results in an intensification of the sound. A homogeneous sound fusion does not occur in such a situation. With careful dynamic adjustment, unison combinations with (almost) homogeneous sound effects are possible.

Unison combination example [ Trumpet - Horns ]

The trumpet has extraordinary penetrating power. It is clearly audible in the example below. Just a single trumpet in the combination of 4 horns can suffice. Provided they play in their middle register.

Downloads for the [ Unison Combinations: Trumpet - Horns ]

Music by Dmitri Shostakovich
Sound file for the score
“Symphony 8 - 1st movement” 
Download-size: 96.3 Kilobytes
PDF file for the score
“Symphony 8 - 1st movement” 
Download–size: 39.3 Kilobytes

Note on the score with an example of the [unison combinations]

A graphic with an extract from the score follows. Excerpt from “Symphony 8, 1st movement”. Composition by Dmitri Shostakovich. An example of the [unison combinations] bassoon with trumpet and horns. The graphic can also be enlarged. It is Link-Sensitive [Clickable].

2/2.Example of the chord combinations with the trumpet