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Pietzsch 8

Pietzsch #8 strikes me as a very "orchestral" sounding etude.  Meaning, I want to play with a big, broad sound and play the dotted rhythms as squarely as possible.  I don't mean square as in a non-jazz sense but I'm thinking the shapes of squares and rectangles when I approach these rhythms.  Keep the corners of these shapes as sharp as possible.  Keep the long notes in the phrases as stable as possible (like a rectangle) and try not to let the pitch bend as to "telegraph" where your next note…


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David Cooper is the host and author of All Things Trumpet; the blog for research, education and reviews of musical issues pertaining to the trumpet.

UW-Platteville Director of Jazz Studies – Trumpet
Madison Symphony Orchestra
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ITG 2011

If you are reading this blog, then you are probably someone who is well aware of what ITG is and what they do in the summer.  Well, in the event you happen to be some renegade string player who loves to read trumpet blogs, ITG is the International…


Tull – Profile 8

Title Eight Profiles (1980) For Solo Trumpet VIII - To J. B. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) Biographical Info Fisher Tull was born in Waco, Texas.  He received his musical training at North Texas State University.  When Dr. Tull originally went to NTSU he…


Tull – Profile 7

Title Eight Profiles (1980) For Solo Trumpet VII - To C. D. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) Biographical Info Fisher Tull was born in Waco, Texas.  He received his musical training at North Texas State University.  When Dr. Tull originally went to NTSU he…


Tull – Profile 6

Title Eight Profiles (1980) For Solo Trumpet VI - To D. O. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) Biographical Info Fisher Tull was born in Waco, Texas.  He received his musical training at North Texas State University.  When Dr. Tull originally went to NTSU he…


Tull – Profile 5

Title Eight Profiles (1980) For Solo Trumpet V - To M. G. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) Biographical Info Fisher Tull was born in Waco, Texas.  He received his musical training at North Texas State University.  When Dr. Tull originally went to NTSU he was…


Tull – Profile 4

Title Eight Profiles (1980) For Solo Trumpet IV - To L. N. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) Biographical Info Fisher Tull was born in Waco, Texas.  He received his musical training at North Texas State University.  When Dr. Tull originally went to NTSU he…


Stravinsky Soldier’s Tale Production

Hi Everyone, I have maintained this site solely for educational purposes and will continue to do so.  However, I want to take this brief moment to use ATT as an advertising board for a very special concert I have coming up.  Every couple of years a…


Tull – Profile 3

Title Eight Profiles (1980) For Solo Trumpet III - To R. M. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) Biographical Info Fisher Tull was born in Waco, Texas.  He received his musical training at North Texas State University.  When Dr. Tull originally went to NTSU he…


Tull – Profile 2

Title Eight Profiles (1980) For Solo Trumpet II - To J. S. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) Biographical Info Fisher Tull was born in Waco, Texas.  He received his musical training at North Texas State University.  When Dr. Tull originally went to NTSU he…


Tull – Profile 1

Title Eight Profiles (1980) For Solo Trumpet I - To R. F. Fisher Tull (1934-1994) Biographical Info Fisher Tull was born in Waco, Texas.  He received his musical training at North Texas State University.  When Dr. Tull originally went to NTSU he was…


Ropartz – Andante et Allegro

Title Andante et Allegro Guy Ropartz (1864-1955) Biographical Info Composer Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz Joseph Guy Ropartz enjoyed a lifespan that cut across an enormous territory of French music; when he was born, Jacques Offenbach had just premiered…


Bernstein – Rondo for Lifey

Title Rondo for Lifey (1959) Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Biographical Info Leonard Bernstein enjoyed an illustrious career as a composer, conductor, educator and pianist. He will be best remembered for his contribution to the Broadway musical…


Efficiency through Resonant Intonation

I wrote and recorded a post here at ATT called Musical Marksmanship where tried to convey my thoughts on the benefits of playing in the center of your horn.  (centering, hitting the bulls-eye of each note...)  A couple of weeks later I ran across…


Enescu – Legende

Title Legende (1906) For trumpet in C or Bb and piano George Enescu (1881-1955) Biographical Info He was born in the village of Liveni (later renamed "George Enescu" in his honor), Dorohoi County at the time, today Botoşani County. He showed musical…


Honegger – Intrada

Title Intrada (1947) For trumpet in C and piano Arthur Honegger (1892-1955) Biographical Info There is a website that has an exhaustive biography of Arthur Honegger. Below, I’ve included just the highlights. Arthur Honegger was a Swiss composer, who…


Ketting – Intrada

Title Intrada (1958) For solo trumpet in C or Bb or Horn in F Otto Ketting (1935) Biographical Info The son of a composer, Ketting studied trumpet at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and composition with his father. He played trumpet in the Hague…


Hvoslef – Tromba Solo

Title Tromba Solo Ketil Hvoslef b.1939 Biographical Info Ketil Hvoslef studied the viola and organ at the Music Conservatory in Bergen Norway, from which he graduated as an organist.  He later taught ear training and theory at that Conservatory.…


Musical Marksmanship

This post is “aimed” at younger players but perhaps all of us can benefit from “recalibrating our sights” now and then. As an undergrad, I had the great fortune to study with IU trumpet professor-legend, William Adam.  We spent most of our time…


Lew Soloff on warming up

It is my sincerest hope that those of you who have found their way to this site and are taking the time to read this particular article do NOT need an introduction to trumpet great, Lew Soloff.  I am going to continue on the assumption that those of…


Organize Your Repertoire

A while ago, I came across a trumpet repertoire list that was put together by David Hickman.  Hickman is the trumpet professor at Arizona State and one of the most important and influential trumpet teachers around today, so the list of his that I am…


Music for Trumpet, Voice and Piano

Title Festive Arias for Mezzo-soprano, trumpet and piano Volumes 1 & 2 Arranged by David Cooper Biographical Info Festive Arias vol. 1 Trumpet player, teacher and arranger David Cooper has selected five of the most popular arias for…


Stravinsky – Soldier’s Tale

Title L’Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier’s Tale) Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) Biographical Info The Soldier's Tale comes from 1918, a lean post-war time when jazz was just beginning to emerge into the mainstream. Stravinsky was broke, deprived of his…


Telemann – Canonic Duets

Title Six Suites of Canonic Duets By Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) Adapted for trumpet by David Cooper Biographical Info Georg Philipp Telemann was a German composer, born in Magdeburg.  He was the most prolific composer in history and a…


On Musical Expression

I spend some time on TPIN (Trumpet Player’s International Network) which is an email sent with threads of topics for and about trumpet playing.  Recently, I came across a post from a friend of mine, John Daniel that I thought held particular merit…


Odd-Meter Improv

A recent trend in jazz improvisation seems to be playing in odd meters.  I.e. 5/4 - Brubeck's Take Five, 9/8 - Brubeck's Blue Rondo ala Turk, 7/4 - Woody Shaw's Seventh Avenue, 10/8 - Pat Metheny's First Circle to name a few.  Perhaps, we have Dave…


Andrix – Miniatures

Title Miniatures for solo trumpet (©1977) by George Andrix published by SeeSaw Music Corp. – which is now Subito Music Biographical Info George Andrix was born June 15, 1932. He began the study of the violin at the age of five (5) in his native…


More reasons to clean your horn

My good friend Lauren Bernofsky (the composer whose works I love and have reviewed here on All Things Trumpet) passed this article on to me.  I have a post dedicated to cleaning your horn and personally find this stuff very important.  I’m very glad…


Michael Sachs on warming up

While living in the Cleveland-area during my Master’s studies, I had the great fortune of studying with two masters of orchestral trumpet; the great Bernard Adelstein at the end of his career with the Cleveland Orchestra and the dynamic Michael…


Henderson – Variation Movements

Title Variation Movements for Trumpet (1967) by Robert Henderson Biographical Info Robert Henderson's remarkably productive career began before he reached college age and has expanded without pause since then. He was three years old when his father…


Rabe – Shazam

Title Shazam for trumpet solo (1984) By Folke Rabe Biographical Info Folke Rabe born 1935: ‘A portrait of Folke Rabe,’ as Goran Bergendal has wittily observed, ‘would be made up of one composer (or two or even three), a couple of trombone players…