Look what they want one of the trumpet section in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to play at Philharmonic Hall on June8th!
This is a holztrompete, otherwise known as a Tristan trumpet. It is made of wood and traditionally has a mouthpiece made out of horn.
Wagner called for this instrument to be used in Act Three of his great opera, Tristan und Isolde. He wanted it to emulate the sound of a crude wooden trumpet used as a signalling device by shepherds. It is pitched in C major, and is so rare that the part is normally performed on the cor anglais instead.