East Meets West


The Russian Trumpet Tradition from the Time of Peter the Great to the October Revolution with a Lexicon of Trumpeters Active in Russia from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century

Edward H. Tarr


532 pp.

105 illustrations

18 illustrations

SKU: 9378-4-2 Categories: ,



The waning years of the Russian Empire witnessed the development of a rich tradition of trumpet playing. Noted trumpet scholar and performer Edward Tarr’s latest book illuminates this tradition which is little known in the West. Tarr’s extensive research in hitherto inaccessible Russian archives has uncovered many documents that illuminate the careers of noted performers. These documents are reproduced here for the first time.

A concise chronological summary of Russian political and musical developments provides an effective backdrop for this inventory of trumpeters. The author ably demonstrates how profoundly Russian trumpet-playing and pedagogy were influenced by emigrпїЅes particularly from Germany (Wilhelm Wurm Willy Brandt Oskar BпїЅhme) and how Russian-born trumpeters like Vladimir Drucker subsequently influenced the American musical scene. In his Lexicon of Trumpeters both Russian and ‘Foreign ‘ Active in Russia Tarr supplements his own research with information from valuable but obscure secondary sources in Russian. This lexicon carries the story into the late twentieth century and includes modern legendary figures such as Timofey Dokshizer.

Members of the International Trumpet Guild will receive a discount of 15% on purchases of this title.


Edward H. Tarr:


Edward H. Tarr has belonged to the international trumpet elite for more than twenty years. The first trumpeters of the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras are among his main trumpet teachers. In addition he received a Ph. D. degree in musicology from Hamburg University and a Dr. mus. h. c. from Oberlin College in Ohio.


Tarr is a pioneer in the reintroduction of historical brass instruments and has made over 100 recordings on Baroque trumpet, Romantic trumpet in low F, and cornetto, whilst not neglecting the modern instrument. He has toured all over the world, is an adviser to several musical instrument makers (R. Egger in Basel and Yamaha), and has produced scholarly editions of the most important trumpet concerti. For The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, first and second editions (London 1980 and 2001, 29 volumes), he wrote over seventy articles. His book, The Trumpet (Third Revised and Expanded Edition, Chandler AZ, Hickman Music Editions 2008), is the standard work. In addition, Tarr is working for Carus, together with Uwe Wolf from the Leipzig Bach Archive, on the seven-volume collection BACH FOR BRASS; six have appeared up to now (2015). Other important books of his are East Meets West: The Russian Trumpet Tradition from the Time of Peter the Great to the October Revolution (Hillsdale NY, Pendragon Press 2003) and Articulation in Early Wind Music / BlпїЅserartikulation in der Alten Musik (with co-author Bruce Dickey) (Winterthur, Amadeus Verlag 2007).


Tarr taught from 1972 to 2001 at the Basel Music Academy (Musikhochschule and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) and was director of the Bad Saeckingen Trumpet Museum from 1985 to 2004. He held a professorship in the Karlsruhe University of Music (Musikhochschule) from 2004 through 2014. He was a member of the brass quintet Concert Brass from 1992 to 2014, and a duo partner with the organist-pianist Irmtraud Tarr since 1980. пїЅThere are probably some now who can play TarrпїЅs game higher, faster, and louder, but there are precious few who can bring what he brings to a performance пїЅ a felicitous blend of knowledge, intelligence, and emotion that makes for really wonderful music.пїЅ пїЅ Peter Ecklund in the Newsletter of the Historic Brass Society update: May 2015