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Re: Wailing Trumpet!!!!
• Posted by: tim   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Saturday, June 7, 2003, at 10:22 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Wailing Trumpet!!!! (Mark)

If you both are talking about the trumpet entrance of the main theme at around (according to my cd player) 1:24 it enters on a concert Bb (seventh above middle c) for three trumpets. Not sure what you mean about "highest tone". Theoretically no instrument has a "highest pitch". There are practical pitches beyond which composers will not write in an orchestral context but in solo writing they are not constrained by such limitations. Hope this information helps.

To my knowledge, what you're talking about is a horn set in e-flat, not a
trumpet. The highest tone a trumpet can go to is not B2 flat, but it is
for french horn. Williams also did that in Star Wars; the main theme is
also writen in B flat, and solo horn also goes all the way to B2 flat.

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  • Wailing Trumpet!!!!  (7144 views)
       Nate Jackson - Saturday, March 30, 2002, at 11:11 p.m.
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         Tomek - Monday, November 8, 2004, at 4:30 a.m.
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         Mark - Sunday, November 10, 2002, at 1:47 p.m.
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           tim - Saturday, June 7, 2003, at 10:22 p.m.

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