Pinnock, Andrew and Wood, Bruce
A counterblast on English trumpets
Early Music, 19, (3), . (doi: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'
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