Written by Russian trumpeter, pedagogue, and composer Karl Wilhelm (Vasily Georgievich) Brandt (1869–1923), considered by many to be the founder of the Russian trumpet school, Brandt’s 34 Orchestral Etudes is important study material for the development of technique and artistry.
The late Dr. Donald S. “Doc” Reinhardt (1908–1989) loved Brandt’s 34 Orchestral Etudes and required it of all his trombone students (he had them learn to read tenor clef so they could read trumpet music). Reinhardt, teacher of all the brass instruments, often stated that it was “the best etude book ever written,” and even jokingly quipped that it was “the best thing the Russians ever gave us.”
Here is a freshly engraved and slightly edited version based on the Vacchiano edition of this great trumpet book transposed into bass clef for trombone. The hard-copy version uses GBC comb-binding to keep it flat on your music stand and to prevent wearing out (like old-fashioned saddle-stitching eventually does).
This is the only version of this great book that is available for trombone and other bass clef instruments.* In this age of increasing demands of trombonists (a full century after the advances made by Arthur Pryor), Brandt’s 34 Orchestral Etudes for Trombone is a welcome and much-needed addition to today’s trombone literature.
*April 2021 Update: We have seen a bass clef version of this book that has come out since this edition that has everything up a whole step. If a trumpet player and trombone player wanted to play them together, they would be playing in two keys a whole step apart. Those other authors or editors (who really ought to know better) saw an exercise for trumpet with no key signature, and instead of putting it in B♭ for bass clef they left it in C. Our edition has always been transposed to the correct key for bass clef instruments.