Holztrompete – Tristan Act 111

Look what they want one of the trumpet section in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to play at Philharmonic Hall on June8th!

Holztrompete or Tristan Trumpet

Holztrompete or Tristan Trumpet

This is a holztrompete, otherwise known as a Tristan trumpet. It is made of wood and traditionally has a mouthpiece made out of horn.

Justin Emerich - Principal Trumpet Seattle Opera

Justin Emerich – Principal Trumpet Seattle Opera

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.

The Holztrompete calls - to be played on stage, in the opera.

The Holztrompete calls – to be played on stage, in the opera.

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Professional Trumpeter: Soloist, Orchestra Player, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music & Education.
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