Geoffrey Shamu’s current scholarly projects seek to place French trumpeter Merri Franquin’s works and ideas into a useful historical context. Click on the image below for a complete PDF copy of “Merri Franquin and his contribution to the Art of Trumpet Playing.” An article and translation informed by this research, treating the Principes d’Étude (Principles of Study) appeared in the 2012 issue of the Historic Brass Society Journal.

Geoffrey Shamu, “Inventing the Warm-up: Merri Franquin’s ‘Principles of Study,’” Historic Brass Society Journal 24 (2012): 129–57

Merri Franquin, Professor of Trumpet at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris from 1894–1925, included a set of thirty principles of study on pages 20–25 in the introduction to his Méthode Complète de Trompette Moderne, Cornet à Pistons et de Bugle [Flugelhorn] (Paris, Enoch: 1908). Franquin viewed the creation of these principles to be among his greatest accomplishments. With them, he sought to provide for the first time written advice on how to practice a brass instrument. They became the basis of the warm-up ethos that has since come to dominate brass playing worldwide. This article details the departure that they represent from the brass pedagogy of Franquin’s forbearers François Dauverné, Joseph Forestier, and Jean-Baptiste Arban—retooling many of their ideas for elementary players and extending them to the daily routines of students at all levels of education and of professional players. Franquin’s advice responds directly to new imperatives presented by the trumpet repertoire of the Belle Époque (both new and newly revived high trumpet repertoire) and by the contemporaneous shift to (smaller) trumpets with modern proportions. It includes a facing page English translation of the Principles and their introduction.


Geoffrey Shamu, “Merri Franquin and his Contribution to the Art of Trumpet Playing” (DMA dissertation, Boston University, 2009)


Abstract of HBSJ Article