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Student Author Information

Jacob Rose, University of LynchburgFollow

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Start Date

8-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

8-4-2020 1:15 PM

Department

Music

Abstract

From the natural trumpet of antiquity to the 1820s chromatic trumpets with valves, the trumpet remains in musical use due to its distinct timbre, versatility, and sturdiness. With the intent of improving music pedagogy and performance, the purpose of this research is to investigate the origins of the trumpet. The specific problems of this study are to: (1) trace the development of the instrument, (2) examine the styles and developmental functions, and (3) compare and contrast the various trumpet models from antiquity to present.

The trumpet started as a signaling tool, and evolved into an instrument meant to herald the coming of royalty and war. The trumpet was first used in the orchestral setting in the various dramatic styles of music like fanfare and marches, and later (Cir. 1920) became integral to styles like jazz, swing, and pop music. As composers gained versatility, the earlier natural trumpets gave way to the chromatic trumpets to meet the demands of composers. The trumpet is an instrument that, despite its age, has remained a recognizable and iconic part of musical culture, and it is important for us to know the earlier uses and functions of instruments because they can be used as grounds to evolve music further.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Cynthia Ramsey

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The Development of the Trumpet and its Importance in Western Music

From the natural trumpet of antiquity to the 1820s chromatic trumpets with valves, the trumpet remains in musical use due to its distinct timbre, versatility, and sturdiness. With the intent of improving music pedagogy and performance, the purpose of this research is to investigate the origins of the trumpet. The specific problems of this study are to: (1) trace the development of the instrument, (2) examine the styles and developmental functions, and (3) compare and contrast the various trumpet models from antiquity to present.

The trumpet started as a signaling tool, and evolved into an instrument meant to herald the coming of royalty and war. The trumpet was first used in the orchestral setting in the various dramatic styles of music like fanfare and marches, and later (Cir. 1920) became integral to styles like jazz, swing, and pop music. As composers gained versatility, the earlier natural trumpets gave way to the chromatic trumpets to meet the demands of composers. The trumpet is an instrument that, despite its age, has remained a recognizable and iconic part of musical culture, and it is important for us to know the earlier uses and functions of instruments because they can be used as grounds to evolve music further.