Edward H. Tarr

Biography

Born: June 15, 1936; Connecticut  
Edward H. Tarr has become regarded as a legend among trumpet players in his own lifetime. A native of Connecticut, Tarr studied with Adolph Herseth and Roger Voisin in an education gained from American orchestral musicians that Tarr has mostly employed in work overseas. In 1959, Tarr relocated to Switzerland and studied musicology with Leo Schrade, but a busy concert and recording schedule that blossomed not long after prevented him from Read more collecting his degree in the musicology until 1985. Tarr was the trumpet player in Hans Richter's Münchner Bach-Orchester and his recording career commenced around 1960. Tarr worked, and appeared as a soloist with, many ensembles, both of a period persuasion and those of a more conventional instrumental makeup; far too many to be discussed here outside the context of the groups he initially established. In 1969 he founded the Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble, and he co-founded the orchestra of Scola Cantorum Basilensis in 1976 and was its first leader until he retired in 2001. By the time of his retirement, Tarr had already made more than 100 recordings.

In 1980, Tarr formed a trumpet and organ duo with his future wife, Irmtraud Kruger, simply called The Duo. In 1985, Tarr also co-founded and served as the first director of the Bad Säckingen Trumpet Museum, a position from which he has since retired. Tarr is a specialist in early trumpet literature, and he plays all of the members of the trumpet family and a wide range of archaic instruments related to the trumpet, hence the great demand for his services in 1960s when the sound of a "Bach trumpet" was all the rage. Tarr's 1994 book The Trumpet is widely regarded as a definitive history of the instrument. Read less
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  • 1.
    Venezianische Mehrchorigkeit (Venetian Polychoral Music) / Tarr, HR Brass
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5012 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cesario Gussago,  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Tiburtio Massaino  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward H. Tarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  HR Brass
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    Art And Music - Canaletto - Music Of His Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558177 Release Date: 09/20/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Camden,  Andrew Watkinson,  Niklas Eklund,  Susanne Rydén  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Krcek,  John Georgiadis,  Nicholas Kraemer,  Charles Medlam  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  London Virtuosi,  City of London Sinfonia  ... 
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    The Art Of The Baroque Trumpet Vol 5 - An Italian Concert
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555099 Release Date: 10/16/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Petronio Franceschini,  Giuseppe Torelli,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Alessandro Stradella  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Segal,  Niklas Eklund,  Maria Keohane
    Conductor:  Edward H. Tarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wasa Baroque Ensemble
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    The Art Of The Baroque Trumpet Vol 4 / Eklund, Sparf, Tarr
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554375 Release Date: 03/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Wilhelm Hertel,  Johann Melchior Molter  ... 
    Performer:  Niklas Eklund,  Ulf Bjurenhed
    Conductor:  Edward H. Tarr,  Nils-Erik Sparf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble,  Edward Tarr Brass Ensemble
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    The Art Of The Baroque Trumpet Vol 3 / Eklund, Rydén, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553735 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Scarlatti,  Alessandro Stradella,  Luca Antonio Predieri,  Johann Joseph Fux  ... 
    Performer:  Niklas Eklund,  Susanne Rydén
    Conductor:  Edward H. Tarr,  Charles Medlam
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Baroque
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    Courtly Trumpet Ensemble Music / Edward H. Tarr
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 217 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Diabelli,  Anonymous,  Daniel Speer,  Max Keller  ... 
    Performer:  Lars-Göran Carlsson,  Rigmor Stenvik,  Helene Bengtsson,  Lars Eriksson  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward H. Tarr
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bengt Eklund's Baroque Ensemble
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