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Trumpets & Other High Brass, Volume 4: Heyday of the Cornet - Available Now!

Trumpets and Other High Brass: A History Inspired by The Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Collection

Volume 4: Heyday of the Cornet by Sabine Katharina Klaus (2022)

Trumpets and Other High Brass is a series of five projected volumes, illustrated with instruments from the Utley Collection at the National Music Museum and other major collections.

Volume 4 explores the history of the piston-valve B-flat cornet. It describes the beginnings and initial model standardization of cornets in Paris and London, and the arrival of European designs and makers in the United States. It traces the unique exuberance of cornet models by American manufacturers and their advertising practices. The social phenomenon of the cornet as an affordable, mass-produced commodity in the most remote places of the American heartland is investigated through cornets made by central European manufacturers, modeled after American designs, and sold through dealers. Related developments of the E-flat cornet, the pocket cornet, the echo cornet, and some cornet cousins in the alto, tenor, and bass ranges, such as the ballad horn and mellophone, are also considered.

Available only in hardcover, Volume 4 includes 352 pages in and 8-1/2" x 11" format. It features more than 800 color illustrations. Included is an accompanying DVD of musical examples performed on instruments in the Utley Collection.


Also available:

Volume 1: Instruments of the Single Harmonic Series (2012) explores western and ethnic trumpets and bugles without slides, tone holes, keys or valves.

Volume 2: Ways to Expand the Harmonic Series (2013) presents the slide trumpet, the cornetto and serpent, the keyed trumpet, and the keyed bugle.

Volume 3: Valves Evolve (2017) explores and documents the invention and development of valves.

Future volumes:

Volume 5: The Modern Trumpet discusses twentieth-century trumpet development.



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