Valve.Brass.Music. 200 Years of Valved Brass Instruments


200 Years of Valved Brass Instruments

December 7th 2013 to April 27th 2014

Special exhibition on occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin

A letter of the inventor Heinrich Stölzel addressed to King Frederick William III of Prussia, which is preserved in the Geheimes Staatsarchiv, forms the starting point for the development of the valve. In this letter the Silesian military musician describes the outstanding new possibilities for musicians and composers resulting from trumpets, horns and trombones equipped with valves. Stölzel’s invention as well as – almost coinciding – the invention of Friedrich Blühmel had a downright revolutionary effect from 1818 onwards. From then on brass instruments with valves would be played not only by military and court musicians but also by orchestra musicians, amateur and lay musicians. Due to the industrialisation low priced instruments could be produced, which in turn lead to an increasing demand for the production of brass instruments.

The Musikinstrumenten-Museum Berlin presents in this exhibition for the first time over 130 historical and modern brass instruments from the beginnning of the early 19th up to the 21st century, which are distinguished by their rarity and their fascinating technical features.

Guided tour of the special exhibition (in German language):

Each Friday at 3 p.m. on the following days:
  • January 10, 2014
  • January 24, 2014
  • February 7, 2014
  • February 21, 2014
  • March 7, 2014
  • March 21, 2014
  • April 4, 2014

Guided Tours Charge: € 3,00 additionally to admission ticket

Exhibition catalogue

The exhibition catalogue Valve. Brass. Music. 200 Jahre Ventilblasinstrumente, edited by Conny Restle and Christian Breternitz, will appear in the Nicolai Verlag Berlin (ISBN 978-3-89479-841-3). The catalogue is acquirable at the museum or in the   Shop.