Clarini Caroliniensis Orientis, which translates to The East Carolina Baroque Trumpets, is a baroque trumpet ensemble who will perform at 7:30 tomorrow in Fletcher music hall.
The concert will feature faculty, students, alumni and guest performer Barry Bauguess all playing on baroque trumpets.
East Carolina University early music professor, Thomas Huener, said that due to the fact that the ensemble is made up of only trumpets, the style of music will be more heroic and ceremonial than the music that is typical of the baroque era.
“The music that we’re playing would have been music presented at 17th and 18th century courts. Not only necessarily only royalty, but the nobility, dukes and so on would have their own core of musicians,” Huener said. “They were playing some interesting music but they were also giving an emblematic projection to the authority to whatever noble they worked for.”
While this type of ensemble would have been commonplace 300 years ago, today, a group of only baroque trumpets is a rare occurrence. Huener said that he is excited to be bringing this kind of new music to campus to give people an opportunity to hear something that has never really been available to them.
Guest artist, Barry Bauguess, agreed that this opportunity to hear something totally new should draw in even audiences that don’t normally listen to classical music.
“(Audiences will be hearing) a whole new kind of music, a whole new aural experience from all the natural trumpets because they sound completely different from a bunch of modern trumpets playing,” Bauguess said.
Bauguess will be leading Friday’s concert and is looking forward to interacting with the students who will be playing in the concert.
“It’ll be fun playing with some of the students who I haven’t met before, that’s kind of exciting to get the younger generation in there,” Bauguess said. “It’s always fun to play with a lot of trumpet players, you don’t get to do that very often.”
For junior trumpet performance major, Terrence Blue, this is not only his first time playing in an ensemble of only baroque trumpets, but it is also his first time playing in any baroque ensemble.
“This will be a different experience for me because I’ve never played in an ensemble just for baroque because every ensemble I’ve played baroque trumpet for, most of everyone else were playing modern instruments while me and Dr. Huener were playing baroque trumpet,” Blue said.
Blue only started playing baroque in the second semester of his freshman year after learning that he had access to many different types of instruments that he never had before. After giving himself a semester to acclimate to college life, he approached Huener about taking lessons on Baroque trumpet, then last semester he asked Blue to take part in this performance.
On the music being presented, Blue noted that while it will be new to many people, it is old music, and displays the differences in music from the past to the present.
“For someone whose life isn’t invested in the music, I would say if they keep an open mind in the sense of wanting to hear or experience how music has developed. It is a really good way to look through and see how things have changed, and how ideas have changed, composers and people have changed,” Blue said.
The performance is free and open to the public. For more information call 252-328-6851.