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Practicing orchestral excerpts from a wide range of repertoire, spanning from Bach to Berg and Schoenberg, is vital for trumpet players for several significant reasons. There is no other set of excerpts that go as deep into the contemporary as this set does, and here is why it is so important.
You will learn Technical Versatility because different composers and eras demand diverse technical skills. Baroque works by Bach require a mastery of ornamentation and contrapuntal lines, while 20th-century pieces by Berg and Schoenberg challenge trumpet players with complex rhythms and extended techniques. Practicing this variety hones a player’s technical versatility.
You will gain Historical Understanding. The trumpet has evolved over centuries, and repertoire from different periods offers insight into the historical context of trumpet playing. Understanding the development of the instrument helps players interpret and perform music authentically.
You will develop your own Interpretation and Expression as each composer’s style carries distinct nuances and expressive elements. Learning these differences through practice enriches a player’s ability to convey the intended emotions of the music. Bach’s counterpoint, for instance, demands clarity, while the atonal works of Berg and Schoenberg require exploration of dissonance and expression.
You will practice Orchestral Integration, since Trumpet players often perform as part of an orchestral ensemble. Mastery of orchestral excerpts from various composers equips them to seamlessly fit into the ensemble, adapt to different styles, and contribute to a cohesive musical performance.
You will achieve the highest level of Audition Preparedness. Orchestral excerpts are a common component of trumpet auditions. A well-rounded repertoire practice, from Bach to Berg and Schoenberg, prepares trumpet players for orchestral auditions, where versatility and a broad musical understanding are essential for success.
In Hermann Neuhaus’ five-book set of excerpts that range from Bach to Schoenberg and back again, you will learn that practicing orchestral excerpts from a diverse range of composers and eras is essential for trumpet players to develop technical skills, historical knowledge, interpretive abilities, orchestral integration, and readiness for auditions, ultimately making them well-rounded and accomplished musicians.
To the left you will find samples from each volume, and below you can find the full repertoire list. Click above once you check it out to grab an immediate digital download.
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Verdi Operas
Volume 2: Symphonic Works
Volume 3: Symphonic Works
Volume 4: Stage Works
Volume 5: Stage Works