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6 FLORISHES for 4 Trumpets in Bb and Kettledrums ad lib. by Johann August Dürrnberger, Arr. F. Anzenberger


Johann August Duerrnberger was born on 10th of March, 1800 at Kirchdorf/Krems in Upper Austria. He was a son of a court-secretary Michael Duerrnberger. Since 1809, he was a pupil of the of the monastery high school of Kremsmuenster, where his grandfather Michael Duerrnberger the older was a choir director. J. A. Duerrnberger also studied music in Vienna.

Since 1832, he teached at the "Linzer Praeparandie" in the musical education for the teachers and in this position he also taught Anton Bruckner. Due to a brilliant diploma at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of music lovers) in Vienna, he received the right to call himself a "Professor". He gave Anton Bruckner the first regular and very fundamental education in music theory; Bruckner used the method book by Duerrnberger for his own theory lessons. In 1861, Duerrnberger became a country book-keeper in Linz.

Johann August Duerrnberger composed church music, two works for the stage and light music. He died in February 6, 1880 at Steyr, Upper Austria.

His VI Trompeten Aufzuege mit willkührlicher Begleitung der Pauken Op. XIII (6 Florishes for 4 trumpets in Bb and Kettledrums [ad lib.]) were published about the middle of the 19th century as lithography in the firm of Joseph Haffner in Linz; only one copy survived in a private collection. The florished are written for natural trumpet and he simultaneously uses instruments tuned in Bb, F und Eb to extend the range of the natural trumpets. The general tempo indication for all pieces is Moderato.

All trumpets are notated in Bb In this new edition, the kettledrums are ad libitum as in the original edition. In the case of large leaps in the low parts alternative notes can used to facilitate execution. The rare dynamic indications by Duerrnberger are standardized and completed in some cases.

Due to the festive sound and the easy execution (1st part not higher than f''!), the florishes by Duerrnberger are an interesting enrichment to the literature of trumpet ensembles.

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