The Last Trumpet
The Last Trumpet
A Survey of the History and Literature of the English Slide Trumpet
The nineteenth-century English slide trumpet was the last trumpet with the traditional sound of the old classic trumpet. The instrument was essentially a natural trumpet to which had been added a movable slide with a return mechanism. It was England’s standard orchestral trumpet despite the dominance of natural and ultimately valved instruments elsewhere, and it remained in use by leading English players until the last years of the century. The slide trumpet’s dominating role in nineteenth-century English orchestral playing has been well documented, but until now the use of the instrument in solo and ensemble music has been given only superficial consideration. Art Brownlow’s study is a thorough assessment of the slide trumpet and the first comprehensive examination of the orchestral ensemble and solo literature written for this instrument. Other topics include the precursors of the nineteenth-century instrument, its initial development and subsequent modifications, its technique, and the slide trumpet’s slow decline. Appendices include checklists of English trumpeters and slide trumpetmakers.
Professor of Music at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Furman University, a Master of Music in Trumpet from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Further studies in musicology were undertaken at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Brownlow has been principal trumpet of the Valley Symphony Orchestra since 1985.