A counterblast on English trumpets


Pinnock, Andrew and Wood, Bruce (1991) A counterblast on English trumpets. Early Music, 19, (3), 437-443. (doi:10.1093/earlyj/XIX.3.437).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/earlyj/XIX.3.437

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This description of after-dinner music on St Cecilia's
Day 1691 has often been quoted (for instance, in the 1908
Grove, under 'Shore') Taken at face value it seems to
mark, if not the first of John Shore's flat-trumpet recitals,
then certainly an early one (though he may have
been using his new instrument in the orchestra pit for
some time without its being widely noticed). How
otherwise are we to explain the general admiration
excited by his wonderful ability to play 'flat' notes? Roger
North too was adamant that an unmodified trumpet
could play only its natural 'trumpet air': 'a chirping
movement or peculiar tune, which is well knowne, and
called the trumpet air, for the instrument will not be
made to sound any other notes but those'.1 In order to
play his 'exotick notes' Shore used a special instrument,
equipped with a slide the movement of which was somehow
regulated 'by the help of a screw or worme'

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0306-1078 (print)
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Keywords: trumpet, pinnock, wood, early music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 67265
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:48
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67265

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