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Robert Nagel

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Robert Nagel

Biography

Robert Nagel (29 September 1924, Freeland, Penn. – 5 June 5, 2016) was an American trumpet player, composer, and teacher.

At the age of 8, Nagel began playing the trumpet as part of a school band program. At the age of 13, Nagel performed a cornet solo on a national radio broadcast with the Armco Band. Nagel studied composition at Juilliard with Peter Mennin and Vincent Persichetti, while also receiving instruction during the summer at Tanglewood with Aaron Copland. After graduation, Nagel worked as a freelance trumpet player in New York City, performing with radio orchestras such as the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

After World War II, Mr. Nagel became interested in smaller ensemble music, performing with the New York Brass Ensemble. After the group disbanded in the early 1950s, Nagel reorganized the group as the New York Brass Quintet in 1954.

As a founding member of the International Trumpet Guild, Nagel promoted the composition and arrangement of new music for brass instruments, especially the brass quintet. Nagel also composed music and formed his own publishing company, Mentor Music, in 1959.

From 1957 until 1988, Nagel was a faculty member of the Yale School of Music as a trumpet instructor. He also taught at the New England Conservatory of Music, Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, the Hartt School, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Rutgers University.

As a composer and arranger, Mr. Nagel wrote solo and small ensemble music, trumpet method books, and orchestral works.


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