Bugle Call from the start of Capriccio Italien by Peter Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky conceived his "Capriccio Italien" as an orchestral concert piece while on holiday in Rome, and within the work he incorporated music such as folk tunes he heard during his stay in Italy. There was a military barracks next to his hotel in Rome and the composer used the bugle call which he heard every morning as a musical introduction. Here we have taken the first few bars of the trumpet part and transcribed it back into Bugle notation, as an example of the influence of Bugle calls. It is not known if Italian forces continue to use this call today. See the links at the left to download the sheet music or audio files. More bugle calls are listed in our article about the history and cultural impact of Bugle Calls



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