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Jean-Baptiste Arban

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Born: February 28, 1825; Lyons, France   Died: April 9, 1889; Paris, France  
Jean-Baptiste Arban is best known as a virtuoso cornet player who both championed his instrument and became an influential teacher in the proper methods of its performance technique. In addition, besides having the ability to play other brass instruments with much the same virtuosic skill, including the cornopean -- a sort of early version of the cornet -- he became a conductor of minor renown.

Born in Lyons, France, on February 25,
Read more 1825, Arban exhibited both musical talent and a curiosity for military band music at an early age. The first instrument he studied seriously was the cornopean, but he eventually focused his attention on the trumpet when he enrolled at the Paris Conservatory. There he studied the instrument with Francois Dauverné from 1841-1845.

Over the next few years Arban began performing regularly on the cornet in hopes of making it as popular in the solo realm as the flute or violin. In 1848 he performed a transcription of The Air for Flute by Boehm before members of the influential musical organization Societé des Concerts du Conservatoire, aiming to advance the cause of his instrument. His virtuosic playing was highly praised by the group, and Arban claimed, probably rightly, his performance was a giant stride forward in the popularizing of his instrument.

In 1856 Arban launched a second career as a conductor, first of salon ensembles, then of larger and more important orchestras, including that of the Paris Opera. In the 1870s he took a French orchestra on several successful tours of Russia, making appearances in St. Petersburg and Pavlovsk. Arban was appointed professor of saxhorn, another relative of the cornet, at the Ecole Militaire in 1857. In 1864 his pedagogical work Grande méthode complète pour cornet à pistons et de saxhorn was published in Paris. It not only became recognized as the definitive instructional volume on cornet playing of the nineteenth century, but has not ceded its preeminence in the field to any succeeding work.

In 1869 Arban began teaching cornet at the Paris Conservatory. Because of his conducting activity in the early and mid-1870s, though, he resigned his post at the Conservatory in 1874. He returned there, however, in 1880, spending the remainder of his career teaching and working with brass instrument manufacturers to improve the tone and quality of their instruments. Arban died in Paris on April 9, 1889. Read less
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    Great Trumpet Concertos / Payne, Hopkins, Melbourne Symphony
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4763531 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Lovelock,  Henri Tomasi,  Richard Mills,  Alexander Arutiunian  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Payne
    Conductor:  John Hopkins,  Michael Halász
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet & Piano [3-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 672094 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Vassily Brandt,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markovich,  Sergei Nakariakov
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    Carnival In Venice - Touvron, Scimone, I Solisti Veneti
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61815 Release Date: 12/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Tessarini,  Renato Bellini,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Touvron
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti
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    Anemos & Co.
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 23 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Saskia Apon,  Astor Piazzolla,  Anton Bruckner,  Jules Lefrancois  ... 
    Performer:  Josquin Chuffart,  Robin Rinchard,  Jules Lefrancois,  Antoine Ganaye  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anemos Trombone Quartet,  Trio Turbulences,  Koolysteryk
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    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 8757 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Hartley,  Ira Hearshen,  Frank Ticheli,  Dominic Dousa  ... 
    Conductor:  Ron Hufstader
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Texas El Paso Wind Ensemble
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    Carnival & Concertos / Frederic Demers
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Manuel Ponce,  Oskar Böhme,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Frédéric Demers
    Conductor:  François Bernier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pentaedre Woodwind Quintet,  Ensemble Magnitude6,  Sherbrooke Wind Ensemble
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    Arban: Twelve Celebrated Fantasies And Airs Varies / Gates, Rodgers
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2917 Release Date: 07/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Arban
    Performer:  Stacy Rogers,  Charles Gates
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    Works For Trumpet And Piano - Tomasi, Enescu, Honegger, Etc / Romain Leleu, Julien Le Pape
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Beffa,  Vassily Brandt,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Arthur Honegger  ... 
    Performer:  Julien le Pape,  Romain Leleu
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    The Essential Wynton Marsalis
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 709579 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jeremiah Clarke,  Jean Joseph Mouret,  Henry Purcell,  John Stanley  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  William Bennett,  Neil Black,  Lin Cho-Liang  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Raymond Leppard,  John Nelson,  Esa-Pekka Salonen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The London Trumpet Orchestra
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 4113 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Arturo Sandoval,  Isolina Carillo,  Paul McCartney  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice Murphy,  John Wallace,  Paul Archibald,  Rodney Franks  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
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    Eufish / Mark Fisher, Mark Lawson
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 162 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Fisher,  Mark Lawson
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    Caprice - Alison Balsom / Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 53255 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Astor Piazzolla,  Oskar Lindberg,  Jean-Baptiste Arban  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Balsom
    Conductor:  Edward Gardner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Brass Masterworks - Turn Of The Century Cornet Favorites
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 94886 Release Date: 08/30/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Bach,  Scott Joplin,  Herbert L. Clarke,  Jean-Baptiste Arban  ... 
    Performer:  Gerard Schwarz
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller
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    Fantasie Brilliante - A Cornet Retrospective / Gates, Rogers
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2743 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Bach,  Larry Austin,  Marcel Bitsch,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Gates,  Stacy Rogers
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    Great Trumpet Ctos
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 9826976 Release Date: 02/20/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Domenico Cimarosa,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Geoffrey Payne
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  John Hopkins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
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    Tuba Carnival / Oystein Baadsvik, B. Sagstad, Musica Vitae
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1285 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vittorio Monti,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Thomas Stevens,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Oystein Baadsvik
    Conductor:  Bjorn Sagstad
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Vitae
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    Rodney Mack - Spirit Of The Trumpeter
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 552 Release Date: 02/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Bozza,  Traditional,  Alexander Arutiunian,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Karen Walwyn,  Rodney Mack
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    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 4348 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Traditional,  Eric Whitacre,  H. Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles T. Menghini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vandercook College of Music Symphonic Band
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    Virtuoso Music For Horn And Piano / Ruske, Muzijevic
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 456 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Marin Marais,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Pedja Muzijevic,  Eric Ruske
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    Variations - Weide, Liberati, Arban, Et Al /Doyon, Pelletier
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 2179 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Höhne,  Thorvald Hansen,  Jules Levy,  Jean-Baptiste Arban  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Pelletier,  Daniel Doyon
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    Classic Wynton
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60804 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Stanley,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Niccolò Paganini,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Performer:  Wynton Marsalis,  Anthony Newman,  Judith Lynn Stillman,  Neil Black  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Newman,  Donald Hunsberger,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Eastman Wind Ensemble,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Rafael Mendez Legacy
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 178 Release Date: 04/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Arban
    Performer:  Rafael Mendez
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    Herbert L. Clarke - Cornet Soloist Of The Sousa Band
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 450 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert S. Dillea,  Paul Lincke,  Jules Levy,  Dermot Macmurrough  ... 
    Performer:  Anonymous,  Herbert L. Clarke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sousa's Band Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Anonymous Band Orchestra
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    Roger Bobo - Tuba Libera
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 690 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John [USA Class] Stevens,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Ionel Dumitru,  Trygve Madsen  ... 
    Performer:  Froukje Hoekstra,  Benita Dam,  Anne Jelle Visser,  Hendrick Jan Renes  ... 
    Conductor:  John [USA Class] Stevens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Tuba Octet
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