The Baroque trumpet marine is a marvelous instrument. Its single string is nearly two meters long, and is played entirely with harmonics. A vibrating bridge amplifies the sound and creates a brassy buzz. This instrument is a copy of an extant instrument by Johann Ulrich Fischer in 1720.
- Maple body, seven-stave back, carved head
- Sitka spruce soundboard
- Blacksmith-made ratchet and pawl
- Removable neck, optional
- Internal sympathetic strings (21), optional
What does it sound like?
In the spring of 2001 I was able to work with the 7th grade orchestra at Chippewa Middle School, and perform a few movements of "Suite d' Air" by Prin. Here is an audio clip.
Here is another audio clip of the solo trumpet marine.