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The trumpet is a very interesting instrument The first trumpet was actually made from shells and hallowed out animal horns In this report I will discus more facts like this I will also discus the history of my instrument and talk about some famous players throughout history The very first known pictures of the trumpet were found in the tomb of King Tut and in a South American tribal spot in Peru The pictures in King Tuts tomb were not drawn well but were very accurate The trumpet pictured in King Tuts tomb was used simply as indicators or as battle symbols Later around the 16th Century the trumpet was starting to be seen in a variety of more musical situations in addition to court ceremonies and military communications Also during this time craftsmen in Germany became more skilled at trumpet making and supplied more instruments to most of Europe At the end of this century the first known recording of trumpet playing were created These works include trumpet calls fanfares toccatas and sonatas During the 17th and 18th Century the trumpet reached its peek of development During this time period Hummel exploited the capabilities of the four and five key trumpets There was also a slide trumpet but that instrument was forgotten during the 16th century It was revived though in the 18th century in England In England they continued to improve upon the slide mechanism on the slide trumpet The new improvements allowed the slide trumpet to remain as an alternative through the 19th Century The slide trumpets continued to be manufactured into the 20th Century as use spread into the United States as well However a major development occurred in 1814 that ultimately led to the demise of the slide trumpet That invention was valves The first valved trumpets were not very successful The chromatic scales were not equal at first - meaning the half and whole steps
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