Keyed Bugle / Edition 2

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This new edition of The Keyed Bugle is an expansion rather than a revision of the first edition. The performance practice discussion has been extended to cater to the needs of the reader who wishes to learn the instrument. All chapters contain new information, and the chapters on Performers, Makers and Sellers have been extensively expanded. An additional chapter offers an explanation of the peculiarly distinct acoustics of keyed bugles and provides an analysis of construction styles employed by particular makers. After closely researching instruments that have been documented by the signatures of specific firms and comparing them with unmarked examples, the author enables readers to make confident observations on the nature of regional and manufacturer's styles. The new research in this area provides the groundwork for informed speculation about the origins of undocumented keyed bugles. This work puts the best of current research on the instrument into book form and provides the collector, performer, and serious music student with a clear picture of the instrument's history, repertoire, and technique.

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Editorial Reviews

This much-improved edition replaces the former one. Highly Recommended.
The Brass Herald
Ralph Dudgeon's The Keyed Bugle provides a clear picture of the instrument's history, repertoire and technique....This beautifully presented edition contains a wealth of information about the original design and development of the keyed bugle and its use in Europe and the United States, along with many fascinating and often amusing pictures....It is clear from page one that Ralph Dudgeon has done a vast amount of research and uncovered a wealth of information...The Keyed Bugle is the definitive book on the subject and I strongly recommend that every brass player and those with an interest in the history of brass reads this book...
Historic Brass Society Journal outstanding study of practically everything that is known about the instrument and its use in Western music culture. You will want the new edition because so much has been added and revised. First editions may often be collectors' items, but in this case, because of the strength of the additions and revisions, the second edition will certainly be the definitive work for scholars and collectors alike....this edition adds a wonderful amount of useful information....What was a fine study of the instrument has become, I believe, a classic work among the writings about individual instruments.
The Galpin Society Journal
...a considerable expansion of the first edition of 1993...the book is infinitely better than the earlier edition...a strong narrative and striking illustrations make this a difficult book to put down.
Reference and Research Book News
This second edition of a definitive work on the keyed bugle includes an enlarged performance practice section for beginning students, plus new listings of performers, makers, and sellers of key bugles. There are new chapters on the acoustics of keyed bugles and on bugle manufacturing at specific firms. The book provides collectors, performers, and students with a clear picture of the instrument's history, repertoire, and technique.
Music Educators Journal (MENC)
...a wealth of information that will inform all readers of the rich music history that is associated with this instrument....This book belongs in the library of any music educator looking for greater knowledge of wind literature and history....the definitive work on the keyed bugle.
This much-improved edition replaces the former one. Highly Recommended.
NACWPI Journal
Dudgeon succeeds in providing us with a solid background of the keyed bugle...not only a fine historical source but a guide book for anyone interested in attempting to purchase, study or commit further research to the subject. A very extensive bibliography is included as well as a helpful index...very highly recommended....
Journal Of The American Musical Instrument Society
...with this splendid little book Ralph T. Dudgeon rescues the keyed bugle from oblivion...Dudgeon's study represents a significant addition to the history of music....
An Irish bandmaster named Joseph Haliday added woodwind-style keys to the military bugle in 1810, creating a flexible brass instrument that was widely used in bands, opera, social orchestras, parlor music, and even circus music. Dudgeon chronicles the life of the instrument through its golden era in Europe and America in the 1830s and 1840s. Includes musical examples and other illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810851238
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 396
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Ralph T. Dudgeon is Professor of Music at the State University of New York, College at Cortland where he teaches courses in music history. He is an active performer on modern and period instruments and has appeared as a soloist and conductor throughout the United States and Europe.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface to the Second Edition Part 2 Preface to the First Edition Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Keyed Brass Chronology Part 5 Illustrations and Musical Examples Part 6 Pitch Designations, Names, and Abbreviations Chapter 7 1 The Keyed Bugle in Europe Chapter 8 2 The Keyed Bugle in the United States Chapter 9 3 The Revival Chapter 10 4 Methods Chapter 11 5 Literature Chapter 12 6 Performance Practice Chapter 13 7 Performers Chapter 14 8 Keyed Bugle Makers and Sellers Chapter 15 9 Acoustics and Construction Part 16 Bibliography Part 17 Index Part 18 About the Author

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