This Day in History: 1781-02-21

David Buhl, French trumpeter of German ancestry, learned harpsichord and trumpet (by age 11 was virtuoso on trumpet), professor of a school for cavalry trumpeters at Versailles (1805-11), awarded the Légion d’honneur, first trumpet of both the opera orchestra and the royal theater (1816-25), forced into retirement by carriage accident, considered virtuoso on the “half-moon-shaped” trumpet (curved for hand-stopping), wrote method for this trumpet, codified and wrote down French military signals, uncle of Dauverné, born in Chanteloup, France.

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