Irmtraud and Edward H. Tarr

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Edward H. Tarr


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Brief Information

New (in collaboration with Hochschule der Künste Bern): J. N. Hummel, Concerto a Tromba principale in E (1803): facsimile edition more

Edward H. Tarr has belonged to the international trumpet elite for more than twenty years. He is a pioneer in the reintroduction of historical brass instruments and has made over 100 recordings on Baroque trumpet, Romantic trumpet in low F, and cornetto, whilst not neglecting the modern instrument. He has toured all over the world, is an adviser to several musical instrument makers (R. Egger in Basel and Yamaha), and has produced scholarly editions of the most important trumpet concerti. For The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, first and second editions (London 1980 and 2001), he wrote over seventy articles. His book, The Trumpet (third revised and enlarged edition, Hickman Music Editions, Chandler AZ 2008), is the standard work in its field.

Edward H. Tarr with original
instrument (natural trumpet by
J.L. Ehe II (1663-1724)

Tarr taught from 1972 to 2001 at the Basel Music Academy (Musikhochschule and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) and is presently a professor the Karlsruhe Conservatory (Musikhochschule). He has been a member of the brass quintet Concert Brass since 1992, director of the Bad Saeckingen Trumpet Museum from 1985 to 2004, and a duo partner with the organist-pianist Irmtraud Tarr since 1980.

"There are probably some now who can play Tarr's game higher, faster, and louder, but there are precious few who can bring what he brings to a performance - a felicitous blend of knowledge, intelligence, and emotion that makes for really wonderful music." - Peter Ecklund in the Newsletter of the Historic Brass Society


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