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Fritz Richter reported in the periodical "The Orchestra" (11/1984):
Austria celebrates the most famous contemporary baroque trumpeter

Due to the invitation by Father Nathanael, the art-minded prior of the monastery of St.Gerold, an anniversary concert was performed at their church featuring Adolf Scherbaum and his renowned baroque ensemble. The concert was followed by an informal birthday party in the courtyard of the monastery, to which all visitors of the concert were invited....

Adolf Scherbaum is a native of Eger in Bohemia. He studied at the music academies of Prague and Vienna and advanced, due to his superb talent, already in his early years to the position of a soloist trumpeter under conductors such as Joseph Keilbert at Prague’s German Philharmonic Orchestra, and eventually under Wilhelm Furtwängler with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following the end of world war II, Scherbaum obtained an academic chair at the music academy of Pressburg, before leaving the country legally and settling in Hamburg for the time being.

He spent many years at Saarbrücken where he taught at the local State Academy of Music as a professor. Already in his early years he discovered his love for baroque music. Extended concert tours took him to every part of the world. His name and the unmistakable sound of his trumpet that is associated with it filled the concert halls from New York to Moskow.

In search for the most genuine sound, Scherbaum developed, together with his son, special trumpets on which he played with unsurpassed expression and technical brilliance. It is due to his dedicated research efforts that many a tune of the baroque masters - forgotten ones and unforgettable ones - have been rediscovered. And to this day, he cannot be kept from presenting to his expert audience in concert halls rare pieces that would otherwise never be heard of.

In times in which the modern industrial world considers persons aged 60 to be "old iron", many a layman may be of the opinion that someone who is celebrating his 75th birthday would have to relinquish an instrument such as the trumpet. Adolf Scherbaum, however, proves in a most convincing manner that there is no such necessity. (...)

The absolute highlights of this event were undeniably the concerts for trumpet and strings by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) and by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) as well as the Bohemian composer Pavel J. Veivanovsky who is unfortunately much too little known...

In July 1983, Harry Dietz wrote in the paper ‘Rohrschacher Zeitung’:
St. Gerold: The Triumph of the Trumpet

St. Gerold, which has already set forth a remarkable calendar of events in 1983, has once more caught the attention of the general public with its trumpet concerts. (...)

Adolf Scherbaum, the pioneer of a new type of trumpet was the superior virtuoso on his instrument which is often referred to as the voice of God or the angels in old scriptures. He started off with Purcell’s 'Trumpet Tune' which he played with a radiantly brilliant fanfare sound. But he rose to the heights of an almost unsurpassable master artist when he presented Michael Haydn’s concerto for trumpet. This absolute masterpiece is never heard in any concert hall, because the difficulties are so extreme that no trumpet player has the courage to tackle this problem publicly. It is almost unbelievable that Adolf Scherbaum, a musician who is approaching the 75th year of his life, mastered this tremendous effort with most sovereign technique. (...)

The second movement of Mozart’s trumpet concerto was the encore to which Scherbaum treated his large audience. In summary, this was a concert full of dynamics and of strong messages, which left a long-lasting impression.

=> Pavel Josef Veivanovsky, sonata per quattro [3.724 KB]
(recording on the occasion of Adolf Scherbaum’s 75th birthday!)

I am grateful to Mr. Rolf Ziegler, Böblingen, for his translation into English.