Publication Date

Spring 5-2-2023


Jean-Baptiste Arban’s Carnival of Venice is a technical behemoth that provides cornetists the opportunity to demonstrate their virtuosity across multiple skills related to playing the cornet. As such, many cornet virtuosos have taken to writing their own theme and variation arrangements of Carnival to push the limit of what is possible on the cornet. This survey analyzes the Carnivals of J.B. Arban, John Hartmann, Jules Levy, Herman Bellstedt, William Rimmer, Herbert L. Clarke, and Del Staigers. The pedagogical analysis therein spans three primary domains of cornet skill: multiple tonguing, interval training, and range. This analysis should be used as a means to select appropriate repertoire that is both accessible to a soloist while also providing the right level of challenge to help further the development of technique.

Major Mentor

Joel Treybig, D.M.A.

Second Mentor

Robert Gregg, Ph. D.

Third Mentor

Jeremy Lane, Ph.D.


Music, School of


Visual and Performing Arts, College of

Document Type



Master of Music (MM)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University