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The Trumpet’s History in Western Classical Music

(This article is a companion to my in-class lecture on the trumpet’s usage in the Western classical tradition, but it can be enjoyed on its own just fine!) The trumpet is a very old instrument, with a fascinating history in the Western classical tradition. The oldest surviving trumpets are currently held in the Cairo Museum…

The Wide and Wonderful World of Trumpet Music

This post is written as a playlist for my younger students, especially those with little or no background in classical music or jazz. The tone’s a little lighter as a result, but hopefully no less informative! Welcome to the world of brass music! If you’re here, that probably means you’re learning a brass instrument (and…

Three Of My Favourite Topics In Music Theory Right Now

When you first start to learn the rudiments of music theory, everything seems pretty cut and dry. Less of music theory, and more of music fact. C to E is always a major third, G minor always has two flats, there are four dotted quarter notes in a bar of 12/8. When you get to…

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