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Title:A catalogue of the European cornets and trumpets at the Shrine to Music Museum
Author(s):Knutson, David Wayne
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Gray, Robert E.
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Art History
Abstract:The Shrine to Music Museum has one of the largest musical instrument collections in the world. Included in the museum's holdings are over five hundred cornets and trumpets of American or European make. The information documented in this study will contribute to the preservation, location and identification of historical brass instruments.
The system of observation and measurement used by the author is outlined. Each of the one hundred forty-nine cornets and trumpets with valves are then examined and identified by one of the following categories: piston valved trumpets, rotary valved instruments, cornets with attached receivers or cornets with crooks. Criteria included with the examination of each instrument include the country of origin, valve type, tubing lengths, valve slide lengths, bore diameter, maker, approximate or exact date of manufacture and a designation of high or low pitch. A short commentary follows the measurements for each instrument. Included in this commentary are locations of dents, maker's signatures or marks and any unique aspect of the instrument. In many cases a justification of the date given for the instrument's age is included in this section. Photographs of fifty-four unique or representative instruments are included.
A separate chapter identifies the makers of the instruments in relation to their location and dates of activity. Additional biographical information about some makers is included when available.
A summary chapter includes comparisons of the museum's European B-flat cornets and trumpets according to the following criteria: bore size, total tubing length, bell diameter, third valve slide length, instrument length and initial bore. The mean and median for each of these criteria resulted in clear differences between instrument types. However, the variation between the minimum and maximum measurements in each of the instrument groups also indicate that no clear parameter can be established for high or low pitch designation based on the tubing length or bore size data obtained from the instruments in this study.
Issue Date:1992
Rights Information:Copyright 1992 Knutson, David Wayne
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9305586
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9305586

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