George Frideric Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim”: Thoughts on Modern Performance

By Randall Tinnin.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This presentation will feature Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim, with a modern performance with piccolo trumpet, soprano and piano. The lecturer will then discuss the development of an informed performance through: study of original manuscripts, knowledge of original instruments, knowledge of the text, understanding of baroque phrasing, articulation and ornamentation, and musical interplay between the soprano and trumpet. The lecturer will then demonstrate excerpts from the aria played on natural trumpet (valvless reproduction of an 18th century trumpet). He will then make pedagogical recommendations on: Teaching baroque performance practice to college students, The value of the study of early instruments, Teaching a scholarly approach to performance to college students.

Keywords: Handel, Trumpet, Historically Informed Performance

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.5-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1019.914KB).

Dr. Randall Tinnin

Assistant Professor of Trumpet, Department of Music, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Dr. Randall Tinnin (Rutgers University, D.M.A, Juilliard, M.M., and the University of North Texas, B.M.) is a Trumpet Professor and Director of the Brass Ensemble at the University of North Florida. Early music appearances include the American Bach Society, San Francisco Bach Choir, St. Bartholomew’s Chamber Orchestra, and the NYC chapter of the Early Music Foundation. Other New York area engagements include appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Juilliard Orchestra, and the Queens Philharmonic. He has recorded with New World Records, Naxos Records, and has been featured on WQXR-NY and WFCF 88.5 FM St. Augustine radio broadcasts. Dr. Tinnin has appeared as a clinician at Juilliard, as soloist at the 2006 International Trumpet Guild Conference, as soloist with the Princeton Brass Band, and was the winner of the 2006 North American Brass Band Association Solo Competition. Dr. Tinnin’s article, “J.S. Bach’s Cantata 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen: Historical Observations and Insights for Modern Performance”, was featured in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, fall 2005. He has presented papers at the Honolulu International Conference for the Arts and Humanities, the College Music Society South/Southeast Regional Conference, and the International Brass Symposium in Great Britain.


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