Sabine Klaus Reading from Trumpets and Other High Brass Volume 3
Join Hub City Bookshop for a reading and signing with Dr. Sabine Klaus 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15 for her latest book Trumpets and Other High Brass Volume 3
Like Klaus’s first two volumes, the third is based primarily on the extraordinary Utley Collection of the National Music Museum, for which she is the curator. The book series also includes examples from other collections at the NMM and from other museums and private collections. The objects described in Volume 3 are generously illustrated, with numerous graphs, drawings, and over 800 color photographs.
Volume 3 deals with instruments and documents that trace the invention and development of valves, from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. The history of all important valve types (with the exclusion of the modern piston valve) and their use in various instrument types is explored. The disputes that led to the first joint patent for valves on brass instruments in 1818, between the two earliest protagonists, Heinrich Stölzel and Friedrich Blühmel, are investigated directly from key documents (transcribed in German and translated into English).
As with Volume One and Two, audio files are also supplied on a DVD included with the book. The sound-recording features demonstrations of select Utley Collection instruments played by revered trumpeters Vince DiMartino, Jeff Stockham, and the late Don Johnson. One of the most comprehensive historic brass collections, numbering over 600 instruments, the Utley collection was amassed by the late Dr. Joe Utley, physician, musician, and Renaissance man. As part of his legacy, he and his wife Joella donated the instruments to the National Music Museum in 1999, while also arranging for the cataloguing and curating of the instruments, as well as this dedicated and encyclopedic study by Dr. Klaus.
Sabine Katharina Klaus is the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Curator of Brass Instruments and Professor of Music at the National Music Museum, University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. After receiving her PhD in musicology from Tübingen University in Germany, she worked in several museums with collections of historic musical instruments in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and held a one-year research fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is column editor of the Historical Instrument Window for the International Trumpet Guild Journal and a frequent lecturer internationally.
She has published articles in leading journals, such as the Galpin Society Journal, the Historic Brass Society Journal, the Early Keyboard Journal, and the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society. She is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music, MGG, and the forthcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments. She was awarded the Frances Densmore Prize (2000) and Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize (2014, for volume 1 of Trumpets and Other High Brass) by the American Musical Instrument Society, and the Christopher Monk Award (2017) by the Historic Brass Society. Sabine enjoyed living in Spartanburg County from 2000 to 2009 and has been thrilled to return at least once a year ever since. She oversees the Utley Collection of Brass Instruments, the majority of which currently remains in upstate South Carolina. Her five-volume book series is richly illustrated with images by well-known Spartanburg photographer Mark Olencki.