The history of the trumpet is rich and full, it has roots in rural African villages. Animal horns were used to summon the villagers together for a common mutual purpose usually by the King. It is no wonder that the King Trumpet derived its majestic name from such practices that spread beyond the village. Today the rustic horn has been transformed into a piece of harmonic musical instrument that is lovely, soulful, jazzy and sentimental to behold.
Trumpets were also originally used for religious and war activities, and then came music. The introduction of valves and slide to the trumpet and the mastery of this new form made the trumpet to what it is today. The trumpet is more musical today than ever before. There is a thin line between sound and music but often, they are interchangeable, however, sound is different from noise.
In the 14th and 15th century the trumpet acquired its folded form. Now that is when the transformation of the Trumpet really started. It was a natural trumpet that produced a harmonic tone. It had a single slide on the mouth piece.
The 16th century the trumpet could be found in courts and in the military. Trumpet making became popular in Germany. This era ushered the use of trumpet in musical works. More attention was accorded the trumpet register and the pitch was adjusted accordingly.
In the 17th and 18th century work was still being done to the trumpet as famous musicians were adding or using it to enhance their musical compositions. The trumpets of the time were in the key of D or C when used for courtly purposes. Musicians of this period played in different registers. Soon the valves were added to the trumpet so it can play the chromatic scale evenly.
In the 19th century trumpet added more keys and the fun then started. The trumpet has continued to undergo improvements and the marvel of modern technology and the ingenuity of the human mind continue to endlessly improve what seemed perfect the last time we looked. The trumpet is here to stay and the world has to embrace it.
What started as a mere signal or a call to assemble has been transformed over the years and across cultures to blend with technology and the creative nature of man to produce a soulful means of human comfort, love, and a means to earn a living and fun.
Some people are famously rich because of their love for the Trumpet. Which brings us to the saying, “If music be the food of life, play on!”.