Sunday, February 26, 2012

RIP Maurice André

I was saddened to hear that Maurice André died today.  He was a huge inspiration to me as a burgeoning trumpeter.  His lyricism was matched only by his musicality.  Even when performing the most cheesy cornet solo, Maurice played his heart out.  At one point I drove from Appleton to the Manitowoc Public Library, about 1.5 hours one way, to check out a rare LP of him performing the Chaynes Trumpet Concerto.  It was so worth it.  His website has a great biography of him, including his winning the 1954 Geneva International Competition. 

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