Jean Baptiste Arban: 28 Feb 1825 – 8 April 1889

By | July 17, 2020


Black and white photograph of Jean Baptiste Arban as a young gentleman

Jean Baptiste Arban was born in Lyon, France. His father was an artificer and his elder brother; Francisque Arban was the famous balloonist.

He was a cornetist, conductor and teacher as well as a composer and was the first famous virtuoso of the valved cornet. His influence came from Niccolò Paganini’s technique of the violin.

Education & Works

From 1841-1845 he studied at the famous Paris Conservatoire and later taught at Ecole Militaire and the Conservatoire. In 1864 he published the ‘Grande méthode complète pour cornet à pistons et de saxhorn’ known as the Ardan Method or the Trumpeter’s Bible. It is still used today.

Arban’s variations of The Carnival of Venice remains a very popular piece for cornet players along with his Fantastie Brilliante which is available on music-scores for the clarinet and trumpet.

Further Reading & Musical Downloads

On we have downloads of Jean Baptiste Arban’s Fantasie Brilliante. For further information take a look at Wikipedia 

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