Early Music Concerts 2015-2016

Early Music Concerts 2015-2016: (CA) The Record Article: " Acclaimed baroque trumpeter returns to Waterloo for a special concert" (by Valerie Hill, 20 Jan 2016)

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2016

"Apparently, it was the trumpet itself that was largely to blame for the death of J.S. Bach's primary trumpeter, Gottfried Reiche, in 1737.

The much-storied tragedy happened the day after a particularly gruelling concert when Reiche simply dropped dead of a stroke while walking on the street and the story has since been used as an example of how truly difficult baroque-era trumpets are to play. ...

Like an athlete, New York-based baroque trumpet master John Thiessen must stick to a physical fitness regime, with lots of deprivations, in order to remain in top shape.

"I do stretches, no coffee before a concert, more protein and vegetables," said Thiessen. "Physically, you have to be smart and strict." ...

Visit the The Record website to read the full article.