B-flat Cornet

B-flat Cornet

B-flat cornet range

This used to be the gold standard of band instruments.  The brass section was built on a solid section of B-flat Cornets.  Three Cornet parts and two Trumpet parts were the norm.  The Trumpets were the fanfare and dramatic instruments while the Cornets were the melodic and harmonic instruments.  Nowadays, the Cornet is only thought of as an instrument for beginning students.  We have entirely lost this sound from the band.  Even when the piece calls for Cornets, which many, many pieces do, I can count on one finger the times I’ve actually seen real Cornets used.  Continue reading “B-flat Cornet”