These books have been scarce on the shelves of music stores for the last few decades, but the progressive modern etude book has a place on the music stand of all contemporary trumpet players. PF Clodomir’s 6 volume trumpet etude series entitled “Ecole Moderne” includes one volume to cover each facet of trumpet playing fundamentals. The books include characteristic studies, lyrical studies, short exercises, technical, and mechanical studies, each in their own progressive volume. This gets you the entire collection at 60% off. Here is the breakdown:
Ecole Moderne Vol. 1 Petits Exercices has been republished over the years under other titles, like “70 Little Studies” but it is reproduced here from the original as intended by the composer.
Ecole Moderne Vol. 2 Vingt Etudes Chantantes is a book of 20 singing, lyrical etudes with an emphasis on interval slurring, compound meters, and mixed slurring/tonguing combination. This very old text is reproduced faithfully from the original, and the samples to the left are representative of the quality of studies.
Ecole Moderne Vol. 3 Vingh Etudes Mignonnes is a book of 20 cute and playful studies, including lots of compound meters with playful childlike charm. Many include short introductions before moving into the main etude suggesting that they were meant for public performance or at least for masterclasses and performance preparation.
Ecole Moderne Vol. 4: 12 Etudes Characteristiques is a set of challenging characteristic studies that build upon the concepts within the first three volumes of the collection. There is a strong emphasis on lip flexibility, considering the slurred interval leaps in many of the studies, and fast finger work and technical facility required.
Ecole Moderne Vol. 5: Vingt Etudes de Mechanism or “20 Technical Studies” are musical etudes that explore multiple tonguing, quick tempos, melody/accompaniment figures (cornet variation style, as seen on the cover image), extended arpeggios, and extreme endurance. These studies progress from an intermediate level at first to very difficult by the end.
Ecole Moderne Vol. 6: 12 Duets are meant as performance or concert duets, and are published as a split book, with one trumpeter to take one set of music and the other going to his/her partner. Included in the samples is the first duet, both the first and second part, and we encourage you to find a friend and give it a run through. You will be as impressed as we were! Very playable, melodically interesting, not too difficult, and definite crowd pleasers.
Samples from all 6 books to the left, full PDF download above.