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Published in the collection (by Altenburg) Music for the Trumpets’ and Kettledrumers’ Art (Trompeter- und Paukerkunst) (translation of title). (Original title , I. ALTENBURG Johann Ernst, Concerto for 7 trumpets and timpani Composer: Altenburg, Johann Ernst () Year of composition: 18th on. Proudly built in the USA by MJ Music Products, Altenburg Baroque Trumpets are hand-made in Illinois by seasoned trumpet craftsmen. The 4-hole trumpet.

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He is not to be confused with a similarly named composer in the s who contributed to the collection Angst der Hellen und Friede der Seelen.

Here, Johann Ernst Altenburg was born on 15 June By age 18 the young Altenburg had received a formal acquittal as trumpeter. From Merseburg and Landsberg near Hallewhere he worked for a brief time as an organist, he went to Bitterfeld in and received his lifetime post as an organist.

Concerto for 7 trumpets and timpani by Johann Ernst Altenburg – Editions Bim & The Brass Press

He stayed at this post until his death on 14 Mayalthough the post was hardly sufficient. As a composer he is most well known for his six harpsichord sonatas. Altenburg achieved musicological importance through his publication Versuch einer Anleitung zur heroisch-musikalischen Trompeter- und Paukerkunst An Essay on the Introduction to Heroic and Musical Trumpeters’ and Kettledrummers’ Art Halle, These can be considered the oldest printed German trumpet studies and are thus the most meaningful resource of old trumpet technique.


At the time of the printing, the greater part of the text had been in development for about 25 years.

An advertisement trumpett the publication appears in Johann Adam Hiller ‘s Musikalischen Nachrichten in The earliest known reference to the manuscript is found in a letter of Altenburg’s from February Altenburg drew together the entire “knowledge” of the art of the trumpet of his time—certainly a concern considering his embossed, interpretive ways. He uses at least works from at least notably well-known authors, as well as new, further, anonymous authors.

However, the literature he quotes mainly covers topics in general history, law, and religion.

Trumpeters’ and Kettledrummers’ Art

Altenburg’s work is associated with contemporary instrumental technique. The examples cover a broad scope of trumpet history, which emerge with thorough analysis as back projection of Altenburg’s ideal picture of trumpet practice in his society.

Altenburg constructs an unbroken tradition of trumpet practice from Old Testament times Aron’s son to his own time and lifts from that the claim of an even higher societal reputation for the trumpeter. In this work some small compositions of mostly unclear authorship are offered.


Furthermore, he offers an addendum containing a concerto for seven clarion with drums. A small fugue for two clarion lifted from a work by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber nearly a century earlier also appears.

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