Date of Award

Fall 12-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. Richard Perry

Committee Chair Department

Music

Committee Member 2

Dr. Stanley Hauer

Committee Member 2 Department

Music

Committee Member 3

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 3 Department

Music

Committee Member 4

Dr. Christopher Goertzen

Committee Member 4 Department

Music

Committee Member 5

Dr. Jennifer Shank

Committee Member 5 Department

Music

Abstract

The purpose of this document is to compare the Alto F trumpet used by the players of Richard Wagner’s orchestra to the modem trumpet, with reference to specific excerpts from Der Ring des Nibelungen. It will discuss topics pertaining to transposition, range, keys, timbre, and crooking. Other elements that will be explored are the evolution of the valved trumpet and how it led to the Alto F trumpet. The document will also discuss the eventual replacement of the Alto F trumpet by the modem C and B-flat trumpets. Included in this section will be a historic study of the practice of transposition by the orchestral trumpet player. Finally, this document presents a statistical analysis of how the trumpet is used by Wagner in Der Ring des Nibelungen.

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