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    How would an amateur orchestral B flat trumpeter get on with the follow very high part? (It's 124 crotchets per minute and forte by the way).

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    Terribly JanxH, sorry. The part is to all intents and purposes impractical even for a pro on a Bflat instrument, it's too tiring and risky as well as registrally inappropriate. It's fine down an octave but as to an amateur player playing it, well it depends on how amateur they are. You need to fill in dynamics and articulation too, but please, not as written, you'll be scoffed at. If you go down an octave, you might want to put in a rest or two, unless you can split the part between 2 players with overlapping notes, which will make it more playable at amateur level.
    (is that score transposed or at pitch?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    Terribly JanxH, sorry. The part is to all intents and purposes impractical even for a pro on a Bflat instrument. It's fine down an octave but as to an amateur player playing it, well it depends on how amateur they are. You need to fill in dynamics and articulation too, but please, not as written, you'll be scoffed at.
    (is that score transposed or at pitch?)
    Thanks - I did include the dynamics - forte (wrote it in the post).

    It's a little confusing because the range given is usually F#3 to F#6 (written) - so E3 below middle C to E6 three octaves up.

    Anyway - I accept your advice (and pretty much expected it - just wanted confirmation).

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    Particularly wanted trumpet timbre for this part.

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    I asked if the part was transposed or not, is it? You could use a piccolo trumpet, but not a Bflat. The part is too hard for an amateur, even with a piccolo trpt.
    I meant marking the part with dynamics and articulation btw. The part will need rests if only for one player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    I asked if the part was transposed or not, is it? You could use a piccolo trumpet, but not a Bflat. The part is too hard for an amateur, even with a piccolo trpt.
    I meant marking the part with dynamics and articulation btw. The part will need rests if only for one player.
    Oh sorry - its transposed - so the written first note - an A - will sound as a G.

    Indeed - part needs dynamics and articulation with rests for breathing - I should have put them in - but my main focus is on the range.

    Thanks again.

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    pretty high for an amateur...concert Ds, Es...tough on a Bb or C trumpet....write it for D piccolo trpt...range is similar to many of the Bach pieces...

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    It's a piccolo trumpet part for a pro. A regular B-flat trumpet by an amateur is not going to end well if attempted.
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    picc only, with a fine player

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