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Blatter & Zonn’s Contemporary Trumpet Studies By Alfred Blatter


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“Contemporary Trumpet Studies” by Blatter & Zonn, annotated and edited by David Hickman, is the quintessential guide to contemporary extended-technique notation for the trumpet. This book is endorsed by the International Conference on New Musical Notation, held in Belgium, and stands to this day as both a vital notebook for modern composers, and study book for contemporary trumpet players.

The book is broken up into sections, starting with a Notation Guide, then Metric Studies, Rhythmic Studies, Intervalic Studies, 20th Century Studies, and ending with Aleatoric Studies.

The writing is fresh, energetic, and delightfully challenging. If you are tackling modern works for our instrument this really is a must have book in your library. Below I am quoting the bios of the authors, to the left you can play some free samples, then above you can grab an immediate digital download.

Alfred Blatter

Al Blatter, who holds the Doctorate from the University of Illinois currently serves as a faculty member in the Theory and Composition Department. An accomplished homist, he served on the committee for the new brass notation at Ghent, Belgium and is the director of the Media Press.

Paul Zonn

Paul Zonn s a virtuoso clarinetist specializing in contemporary literature. Mr. Zonn is a fonner faculty member at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of Rockefeller and Ford grants and is currently on the faculty at the University of Illinois.

David Hickman

David Hickman is an American trumpeter, author, academic, and is widely considered one of the preeminent trumpet virtuosi of the 20th century. He is a Regents’ Professor of trumpet at Arizona State University and past President of the International Trumpet Guild.

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