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Abblasen Fanfare

By Gottfried Reiche

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Composed by Gottfried Reiche (1667-1734). Arranged by Jayan Nandagopan. Baroque Period. Individual Part, Solo Part. 4 pages. Published by Chamberlain Brass (S0.97101).

Item Number: S0.97101

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Abblasen (German: “to blow out”) is a trumpet fanfare attributed to Gottfried Reiche. In Haussmann's famous portrait of Reiche (see image at right), he is seen holding a scrap of paper with two lines of melody written on it. Abblassen is a reconstruction of what appears to be on the manuscript in Haussmann's painting. There is no way of knowing if Reiche actually wrote the melody that appears in the painting, or indeed, to fully confirm that the version of Abblassen that is played today is an accurate transcription of the manuscript. The piece is usually performed in the key of D, and it spans two octaves of the trumpet's range. A vinyl recording of a version by Don Smithers, played on an eight-foot Baroque Trumpet, was used as the theme song to CBS News Sunday Morning for almost 20 years until CBS opted to switch out the vinyl recording with a clearer digital recording performed by Doc Severinsen on a piccolo trumpet. Severinsen's version, which was noticeably not in the Baroque style, was later replaced by a recording by Wynton Marsalis. Reiche actually composed 122 pieces entitled Abblasen-Stücken, but only one survived to the modern day.Gottfried ReicheGottfried Reiche (5 February 1667 – 6 October 1734) was a German trumpet player and composer of the Baroque era.Reiche is best known for having been Johann Sebastian Bach's chief trumpeter at Leipzig from Bach's arrival there in 1723 until Reiche's death. Reiche was a musician of great skill, if one can judge from the trumpet parts written for him by Bach. They are among the most florid, creative, and difficult trumpet parts of the Baroque era, quite clearly intended for a player of great virtuosity.

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