Notation and sound generation of the Trumpet - Philipp Dangas

Notation and sound generation of the Trumpet

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Sheet music for the pitch range of the trumpet

The modern trumpet is a transposing instrument in Bb and in A. The "trumpet in Bb" in classical scores means the low Bb trumpet, to be distinguished from the valve trumpet in high Bb that is often blown today. There isn't one either transposing trumpet in C.

The trumpets in Bb and in A are actually not 2 different instruments, but one: A Bb trumpet is converted into an A trumpet by extending the tuning slide and thereby increasing the overall length of the instrument. The trumpet in C, on the other hand, is an instrument in its own right. The main difference between the "old" and the "new", i.e. the natural and the valve trumpet, is that the modern (valve) trumpet is a much smaller instrument. Its fundamental tone is exactly one octave higher than that of the "old" trumpet. The treble clef is used for the notation of the trumpet.

The trumpet in the classical orchestra is generally played in pairs. The stop has the same effect on the trumpet as on the horn in F, and a range of overtones can be achieved. The tonal impairment is even greater than with the horn. The tones lose their characteristic trumpet sound. For this reason, the classical composition dispenses almost entirely with the demand for stuffed tones on the trumpet. The domain of the trumpet, with its bright, penetrating timbre, is the fanfare. Tone repetitions in marked rhythms, broken triads, sustained tones and accents are their tasks.

A lively sound example of the trumpet sound [Composer: Joseph Haydn]
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The playing techniques and playing effects of the trumpet
Name of the playing techniques and playing effects suitable not suitable
Trills with valves only
Tremolo only conditionally
Fluter tonque only conditionally
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