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Trumpet no end: How has high register trumpet playing evolved in jazz?

Atashroo, James (2012) Trumpet no end: How has high register trumpet playing evolved in jazz? MMus thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

Upper register playing is an ability that has made its way into normal trumpet technique through its prominent use in jazz. It is a difficult skill to master, requiring the utmost technical proficiency and physical manipulation, and it is seen by many as the pinnacle of trumpet technique. In this thesis I will analyse different aspects of high register trumpet playing beginning with an examination of the physiology involved and why it is so crucial to sustained playing in this register. I will then look back to the Baroque, classical and romantic periods to see how high trumpet playing was practised during these periods to determine if a comparison exists in relation to its use in modern times, and why the use of the technique appeared to die out at the beginning of the 19th century. Finally, I will trace the technique's resurgence in popularity in jazz and examine how a new breed of players would overcome the physical difficulties needed, bringing a new level of virtuosity and showmanship to the instrument.

Item Type: Thesis (MMus)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Arts and Humanities (Sheffield) > Music (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr James Atashroo
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2013 10:48
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 08:49
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2728

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