Parlando: The COC Blog

9/21/2010

A Look at the Aida Trumpets

What would the Triumphal March be without its trumpets? Our newest podcast features an instrument designed specifically for performances of Verdi's Aida: the elongated Aida trumpet. In this podcast, Gianna Wichelow speaks with Herb Poole, an instrument builder and member of the COC Orchestra. They discuss the history of the Aida trumpet, outline how it differs from an ordinary trumpet, and delve into the history of Herb's instrument-building practice (including his contribution to the COC's Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2006).

These trumpets are a very beautiful addition to Aida (although, unfortunately, they won't be seen on stage). We've assembled some more photos below!

Posted by Cecily Carver / in 2010/2011 / comments (4) / permalink

Gale Martin (9/21/2010 12:31:00 PM)
Wow! Those trumpets aren't seen? Too bad. They're stunning and too valuable for stage. I wonder if all eyes will be turned to the orchestra pit?
Cecily (9/21/2010 12:36:00 PM)
Gale: They'll definitely be an excellent musical (if not visual) contribution! They'll be playing backstage instead of in the pit.
Olmucky (9/22/2010 12:00:00 AM)
They make me think of a grand, medieval entrance; a King and Queen entering a grand ball..so beautiful!
Cecily (9/22/2010 11:26:00 AM)
Olmucky: Yes, they look stunning! If you look very closely, you can see the little rings where banners can be attached.

Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001