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”