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Pfeiffer-Trompeten-Consort (Trumpet Consort)

Founded: 1985 - Heidelberg, Germany

Pfeiffer-Trompeten-Consort (The Pfeiffer Trumpet Consort = PTC) was founded by the brothers Joachim, Martin, and Harald Pfeiffer in 1985. They were soon joined by Dale Marrs, who has decisively put his stamp on the musical style of the group. Mathias Muller, tympanist, joined in 1992. Through Peter Schumann, organist, the group's musical home has always been the Heiliggeistkirche (Church of the Holy Spirit) in Heidelberg, Germany.

Most of the works performed by the Pfeiffer-Trompeten-Consort, famous, as well as less-well-known pieces, are presented in new, festive arrangements, most of which (with the exception of a few original compositions) have been revised and adapted by members of the ensemble. These arrangements are unique in their style. It is always easy to recognize the concern for combining Baroque trumpet artistry with modern playing techpiques. In addition to the original trumpet parts, the Pfeiffer-Trompeten-Consort tries to include as many of the other instrumental parts as possible, and thus to consider the musical compositions in their entirety. The possibilities of modem trumpets combined with the splendid sound of the instruments transform familiar compositions into a new listening experience.

Dale Marrs
Principal trumpeter of the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and the Stuttgart Brass Quartet. Study in Frankfurt and Chicago (Master of Music). Chicago Civic Orchestra. Instructor at Northern Illinois University. Santa Fe Opera. Numerous recordings, including complete recording (CD) of Sinfonie musicali (1610) by Viadana.

Joachim Pfeiffer
Principal trumpeter of the Orchestra of Hanseatic Lübeck and member of the Schleswig Holstein Brass Ensemble. After study in Hamburg, member of the Hamburg Opera Orchestra and Niedersachsische Staatsoper, Hannover. Viadana recording with Stuttgart Brass Quartet and Friends. Together with Martin Pfeiffer arranger for Pfeiffer-Trompeten-Consort. Various trumpet music publications.

Harald Pfeiffer
Trumpet study with Erwin Wolf and Reinhold Losch. Church music exam (C). Doctoral thesis on "Musical life of Heidelberg in the first half of the 19th century". Protestant minister by profession. Numerous musicological and theological publications.

Martin Pfeiffer
Trumpet study with Reinhold Losch and Dale Mares. Member of the University of Heidelberg Orchestra. Church music exam (C). Together with Joachim Pfeiffer arranger for the Pfeiffer-Trompeten-Consort. Additional music publications. Professionally a protestant school minister in Frankenthal/Pfalz.

Mathias Müller
Assistant principal tympanist of the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker. First professional engagement - after study in Leipzig - as percussionist with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (1987-1989). Guest performer with numerous ensembles (including German Brass, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Bach Akademie Stuttgart (Helmuth Rilling).

Peter Schumann
Director of church music and organist of the Heiliggeistkirche, Heidelberg. lnstructor at Heidelberg-Mannheim Music School and also Heidelberg School for Church Music. Study in Frankfurt. Prize-winner at the Academia Chigiana (Italy). Numerous radio and record recordings.

Source: Liner notes to the album 'Festlisches Trompetenkonzert - Vier Trompeten, Pauken ond Orgel' (Cantate, 1995)a
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2006)

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