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Cornet in A?


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Clarinets commonly use two keys for their instrument - Bb and A. However, Cornets, the lead melody section in concert bands and brass bands, only seem to use a Cornet in Bb. This would be normal - after all, there is no Trumpet in A - but I have found records of Cornets in A existing. 

Recently I was looking at the score for Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory. The opening clearly shows a brass section of 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in F, 2 Cornets in A, 3 Trombones and a Tuba.

Secondly, the ABRSM Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5 book shows it. The transposition chapter includes transposition practice for Clarinet in A and Cornet in A.

So, are these instruments widely available? Is there any use for them over the standard Bb Cornet?

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