A counterblast on English trumpets

Pinnock, Andrew and Wood, Bruce (1991) A counterblast on English trumpets Early Music, 19, (3), pp. 437-443. (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'

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1093/earlyj/XIX.3.437
ISSNs: 1741-7260 (print)
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Keywords: trumpet, pinnock, wood, early music
ePrint ID: 67265
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Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 21:27
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67265

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