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Trumpet player Maurice Andre dies aged 78

Maurice Andre
Maurice Andre made more than 250 recordings during his career

World famous classical trumpeter Maurice Andre has died aged 78, it has been announced.

From the 1960s onwards the French musician was recognised as a virtuoso of Baroque music.

Born in 1933, Andre worked as a miner before his father - an amateur trumpeter himself - encouraged him to take up the instrument professionally.

Andre went on to make more than 250 recordings before he retired in 2004.

He recorded standard pieces featuring the trumpet, including many works by Scarlatti or Bach.

But he was also known for performing many transcriptions of works for oboe, flute, and even the human voice.