The trumpet is a very interesting instrument. The first trumpet
was actually made from shells and hallowed out animal horns. In this
report I will discus more facts like this. I will also discus the history
of my instrument and talk about some famous players throughout
The very first known pictures of the trumpet were found in the
tomb of King Tut and in a South American tribal spot in Peru. The
pictures in King Tut's tomb were not drawn well but were very
accurate. The trumpet pictured in King Tut's tomb was used simply
as indicators or as battle symbols.
Later around the 16th Century, the trumpet was starting to be
seen in a variety of more musical situations in addition to court
ceremonies and military communications. Also during this time,
craftsmen in Germany became more skilled at trumpet making and
supplied more instruments to most of Europe.
At the end of this
century the first known recording of trumpet playing were created.
These works include trumpet calls, fanfares, toccatas and sonatas.
During the 17th and 18th Century the trumpet reached it's peek
of development. During this time period Hummel exploited the
capabilities of the four and five key trumpets. There was also a slide
trumpet but that instrument was forgotten during the 16th century.
It was revived though in the 18th century in England. In England,
they continued to improve upon the slide mechanism on the slide
trumpet. The new improvements allowed the slide trumpet to remain
as an alternative through the 19th Century. The slide trumpets
continued to be manufactured into the 20th Century as use spread
into the United States as well. However, a major development
occurred in 1814 that ultimately led to the demise of the slide
trumpet. That invention was valves. The first...