Tower music from the trumpeter tower at Hohensalzburg Castle
In earlier times, trumpets were found in almost all the important courts in Europe. Court and field trumpeters in Salzburg were also a stable component of the court since the Middle Ages. A trumpeter tower was built at the castle in 1465, on which so-called tower keepers carried out their services. It was their duty to recognize approaching danger or other incidents and to report them with their signals.
But the trumpeters’ duties also included other obligations in court ceremonies, such as a signaling service or the accompaniment of princes in public appearances, funeral services or in the event of war. Trumpeters remained part of the court staff of the castle as long as Hohensalzburg was used as a residence and for representation purposes by the Princes. From the 17th century, the Residenz, which in the meantime was renovated and rebuilt, was much more convenient for the high lords, and the trumpeters also settled in the Residenz with the Prince Archbishops and became a stable component of court ceremonies.
In accordance with their function, music for trumpets and timpani was simple
functional music until 1800 and there are hardly any traditional compositions for this role. In Salzburg, however, music pieces for ceremonial parades – so-called Aufzüge (processions) – are preserved in the archive of the Nonntal Abbey. The authors of these Aufzüge are mainly Salzburg court trumpeters from the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century. These are performed with Salzburg tower music at the castle every Sunday from 11.45 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Kindly supported by The city of Salzburg and Tourism Salzburg.