[All text is in French and English]
These books are a truly major contribution to brass literature in general and the trumpet in particular. In this Magnum Opus, Thibaud instructs in the value of pedals and double pedals and how to learn to play them. Then he systematically carries these settings back into the normal range and demonstrates the benefits. This is a distillation and extension of Maggio, Spaulding, Stamp, et al, in a typically Thibaud fashion. These books present a thorough, integrated and progressive way to take the advanced trumpeter to new levels.
He shows his treatment of various previous vocalise motifs from Bai Lin to Chicowicz to Stamp and includes a new one of his own. This is followed by an extensive section of building strength and suppleness through many forms of his vocalise treatment.
From here he branches into Isotonic exercises, flexibilities, reliability, staccato, a big section on scales and "Reiche" scales (scale patterns taken from Gottfried Reiche's famous Fanfare) in all keys. Interval studies in which he expands on Arban's models, arpeggios, and descending scale exercises complete this book. Every bit of it is potent, challenging and rewarding.
As Häkan Hardenberger (internationally acclaimed trumpet soloist) states:
"To study with Pierre Thibaud is a life-changing, turbulent and wonderful experience. In deep gratitude to my mentor I congratulate all players on this book that will provide a window into the world of this great pilot".
And Don Green (Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra) has this to say:
"I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to call Pierre Thibaud my friend and mentor. His insights have helped me tremendously. No serious student of the instrument should be without this invaluable work".