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An Irish bandmaster named Joseph Haliday added woodwind-style keys to the military bugle in 1810. The invention created a flexible brass instrument that was widely used in bands, opera, social orchestras, parlor music, and even circus music. This book is the definitive study of the keyed bugle and its role in European and American music in the 19th century. Dudgeon provides essential information on keyed bugle makers, performers, method books, and solo and ensemble music. Chapter topics include the keyed bugle in Europe and in the United States, the revival, methods, literature, performance practice, and makers and sellers. Bibliography and index.
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Ralph Dudgeon (BA, music education; MA, trumpet performance, San Diego State; Ph.D., music, University of California, San Diego), Associate Professor of Music, SUNY, College at Cortland, has appeared throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Mexico as a soloist and conductor and has contributed articles to the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (6th ed.), the New Grove's Dictionary of Musical Instruments, the New Grove's Dictionary of Music in the United States, the American Musical Instrument Society Journal, the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Ovation, and the Historic Brass Society Journal. Dudgeon's first solo album, Music for Keyed Bugle, was the first full-length recording devoted to the keyed bugle. He has also recorded for Musical Heritage Society, Music Masters, Newport Classic and Spring Tree.Review:
For early music enthusiasts, this book is packed with information on the keyed bugle... (The Horn Call)
...with this splendid little book Ralph T. Dudgeon rescues the keyed bugle from oblivion...Dudgeon's study represents a significant addition to the history of music... (Journal Of The American Musical Instrument Society)
We should be grateful that Dudgeon has given us such a thorough compilation of keyed bugle history, at a time when there is no textbook devoted to...the flugel horn... (The Galpin Society)
Dudgeon succeeds in providing us with a solid background of the keyed bugle...not only a fine historical source but a guide book for anyone interested in attempting to purchase, study or commit further research to the subject. A very extensive bibliography is included as well as a helpful index...very highly recommended... (Nacwpi Journal)
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