Merri Franquin’s Method Translation
Available in English for the first time in over a century.
Timothy Quinlan is a member of Reveille and the founder of qPress, the world’s largest collection of trumpet books and new music for the trumpet in the world. This week he completed a multi-year project to translate Merri Franquin’s famous trumpet method “Methode Complete de Trompette Moderne” for the first time into English. Below he explains how it came about, why this is so important, and what trumpeters can gain from the completion of this project.
I am certain that this project is among the most important we have ever taken on at qPress. Setting out, it seemed that this job would be a trivial, albeit rewarding, translating exercise. It turned out to be much more than that. Over the past 18 months, I have worked hand-in-hand with two wonderful translators, consulted with engravers, and spoke with historical experts in a variety of the topics that are covered in this book. The very elegant, stylized 19th century French was a wonderful challenge to decipher, and is represented here with as little modification as possible to keep a sense of Franquin’s beautiful phrasing. The musical examples from the book’s exposition have been re-engraved, while all of the illustrations and full-page musical notation have been preserved from the original. Our goal was to maintain the integrity of the source publication as much as possible, while creating a translation that will bring this wonderful grand method to a new generation of trumpeters.
Méthode Complète de Trompette Moderne (Complete Method for Modern Trumpet) by Merri Franquin is a 335 page conservatory method with all of the weight and importance of the Arban’s or the St.Jacome, but is little known in North America. This French method book has been used by all of the great European soloists, like Maurice Andre and Guy Touvron, who have both written extensively on how to use the book to its full potential. Enesco dedicated his famous solo piece “Légende” to Franquin, and the solo part of “Légende” and many other famous french works are included in the later half of the book. This is the first time this book has been available in English, and we are thrilled to bring it to a new generation of players.
The book is divided into two main parts. First is a theoretical part, then a practical part divided into 3 subsections.
As a method, it covers every possible area of trumpet playing to an extent that I cannot fit it all in this description. Everything from how to play from the very beginning, holding the trumpet and mouthpiece placement, thoughts on breathing, attack, and posture. These are followed by studies in flexibility, intervals, legato playing, high range, lots of transposition, studies, reading exercises, excerpts from solos and orchestral works, and much much more.
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Read more about Franquin’s method right here.