Trompe Vocabulary:  Part of the mystique surrounding the trompe in the USA is a simple unfamiliarity with trompe related terms.  Below you will find,  in no particular order,  just a few of the important terms used in relation to the hunt and trompe playing.


Rallye:  refers to the group or ensemble or associations such as Rallye Combreux specific for hunt groups or the Rallye Trompes, such as Rallye Trompe des Vosges specific for music groups.  Although groups names may begin often with Rallye, group names  may also start with Echos de such as Echos du Pays d 'Auge, or group names also begin with  Cercle  such as Cercle Saint Hubert Bourbon Vendme , or even start with Trompes de such as Trompes de Bonne.


Radouci:  refers to the reduced  sound or soft playing accompanied by the hand-stopping technique for some notes the same as hand-horn techniques for valveless horns of the 19th Century.


Tayaut:  refers to the articulation with the tongue between the lips giving an almost yipping quality to the end of the note, a unique embellishment assigned only to trompe.


Trompe:  non-translatable.  The trompe is not a horn or trumpet nor is it the cor de chasse or any of Bach's used nomenclature.  It is la Trompe de France and refers specifically to the instrument of the French Hunt tradition.


Piqueux:  refers to the technician responsible of the hunt.  He is the steward not only the hunt but takes care of the hounds as well.


Equipage: more than a hunting club it refers to the entirety of the hunt includes horses, hounds, trompes, animals, etc.


Hourvari:  refers to the ascending glissando given to the first note of the chant and sometimes first note of the second phrase to be used as part of the


Ton de Venerie:  refers to the playing style specific to both color and rhythm of the music, with its main ornament, the tayaut, and not the actual the written notes (Ton Simple).   Not unlike swing in jazz.


Venery:  refers to the hunt.


Pique:  refers to the decisive, hard attack of the note.


Maitres:  refers to the Master, or today, we might consider him or her the host.  Nobility or the land-owners were and still are still referenced this way.


Sonneur:  refers to the player.  Also sometimes referred to as the ringer.


Great Sonneurs of the Past:

  • Some of the greatest individual champions were Robert Lamouche (1899-1973), Pierre Dornez (1940-2008), Xavier Legendre, Benoit Garnier.


  • The most famous groups are the Debuche de Paris (founded in 1929) and the Rallye Trompes des Vosges.


  • The best Radouci players were Gaston Chalmel (1907-1993), and Bernard Heinrich playing still today.


  • The greatest Bass champions were William Lamouche (1895-1973), Bernard Poidevin
  • (1953-1996) and Maurice Heinrich.


  • At last, the greatest composers have been Tyndare (1850-1936), Gaston Chalmel (1907-1993) and Hubert Heinrich playing still today.