John Shore (trumpeter)

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John Shore (c. 1662 – 1752) was an English trumpeter and lutenist. He invented the tuning fork in 1711.[1] Shore came from a family of musicians including the singer Catherine Shore. He was Sergeant Trumpeter to the court. He is credited with demonstrating that the trumpet which up till then had been a military instrument could be used in an orchestral role. Shore had parts specifically written for him by both George Frideric Handel and Henry Purcell.[2]


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  2. ^ Shaw, Watkins (2004). "Shore, John (c.1662–1752), trumpeter". The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/37955. ISBN 9780198614128. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)