Maurice André passed away February 25 after a long life dedicated to music. He changed the landscape for trumpeters. Mr. André was a champion of the piccolo trumpet and as you can hear below, was an amazing musician.
He did hundreds of concerts a year and is said to have practiced early in the morning, from 5 to 8, so that he’d be rested for the evening performance. He popularized the instrument, worked closely with Selmer in the late 50s and early 60s to produce a superior piccolo trumpet. If you aren’t familiar with the man or his music, there are many options. He did over 300 recordings and there are many, many clips of him on YouTube.
I chose the clip below, the Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 (3rd mvmt) because it has some very nice harmony parts and is a fiendishly difficult piece to learn, and André performs it with ease and mastery. A very heartfelt and warm thankfulness to Mr. André for all the wonderful music. Warmest regards for him and his family.
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- Maurice André:
- The Concerto Grosso (allmusic.com)
- Maurice André, Star of Classical Trumpet, Dies at 78 (nytimes.com)
- Classical music: Let us now praise French trumpeter Maurice Andre, dead at 78, whose mastery sparked a revival of Baroque and Classical repertoire and helped launch a renaissance in brass. (welltempered.wordpress.com)
- The Story of Articulation (dothemath.typepad.com)