Edward Tarr was an American trumpet virtuoso and musicologist. He became especially known for his services to the revival of historical brass instruments (e.g. baroque trumpet and cornett) and their playing. He died on 24 March in the Aler of 83 years.
Edward Tarr was professor for trumpet at the Rheinische Musikschule from 1968-70, from 1985-2004 director of the Trumpet Museum Bad Säckingen, from 1972-2001 lecturer for modern and historical trumpet at the Music Academy Basel, Switzerland. He also held positions in the United States at the University of Southern California (1985) and Florida State University (1991 and 2001).
Tarr was especially important as a leading pioneer and authority in the history and repertoire of the trumpet. He published hundreds of scientific editions and recorded dozens of albums and CDs with the trumpet repertoire. He was one of the leading figures in the popularity and revival of the valveless natural trumpet and has published many editions and recordings on this instrument.
He has served as an active clinician throughout the world and as a juror in many important competitions, including the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, the Ellsworth Smith Competition, the ARD Competition in Munich, the International Altenberg Competition and many others. He has also been a consultant for many instrument companies, including Meinl & Lauber, Egger and Yamaha. In 2013 he was awarded the European Soloist Prize by the European Cultural Foundation Pro Europa.
Works for trumpet and strings/chamber orchestra
Works for ensembles (brass, trumpets etc.)
Works for soloists
Arrangements for voice and ensembles