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Cesare Bendinelli

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Born: 1540; Verona, Italy   Died: 1617; Munich, Germany  
Cesare Bendinelli is the earliest trumpet player of importance about whom we know anything of substance, and although his exact birthdate remains a mystery, Bendinelli was likely a native of Verona. First mention of Bendinelli dates to 1562, where he is serving as a trombonist in the Mecklenburgian town of Schwerin. In 1567, Bendinelli accepted a position as a court trumpeter in Vienna, and in 1580, he was named to the post of chief court Read more trumpeter to the city of Munich, where he lived until his death in 1617. Bendinelli is the author of the treatise Tutta l'arte della trombetta, the earliest known instruction book for trumpet players. Upon his retirement in 1614, Bendinelli presented it, along with an odd, pretzel-shaped trumpet made in Nuremberg in 1585 by Anton Schnitzer, to the Accademia Filarmonica in Verona. Tutta l'arte della trombetta contains the earliest trumpet music written in the clarino register and has valuable instructions elucidating the practice of improvising in five-part ensemble music. Read less

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