Episode 6 – The Bass Trumpet

In this episode, Matt and I delve into the realm of the Bass Trumpet

From Bandestration

Thein E-flat Alto/Bass Trumpet

Thein C Bass Trumpet

Alexander C Bass Trumpet

Bach B-flat Bass Trumpet

Alto Trumpet

Alto Trumpet

The Alto Trumpet is rarely seen anymore.  It is pitched in either E-flat or F a sixth or a fifth below the standard C Trumpet.  In many ways, it is the exact instrument that was used in the Nineteenth Century for their F Trumpet parts, but with a slightly bigger bore.  This bigger bore favors the lower notes.

There is one major piece in the orchestral literature that calls for the Alto Trumpet: The Rite of Spring.  Here, I am going to clear up a huge problem that every single orchestration book has gotten wrong.  Continue reading “Alto Trumpet”