This man hates trumpets

This man hates trumpets


norman lebrecht

June 04, 2014

We’ve been sent this eloquent, four-minute clip of New York street anger. Was this guy assaulted by a trumpet as a kid? ‘I’m trained classically,’ he claims. Anyone recognise him? He should have a radio show.

trumpet fight


  • Marcelo Mendes says:


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  • Anonymous says:

    This isn’t New York street anger. This is a complete lunatic who should be in a mental hospital.

  • Dan says:

    This is a great practice for auditions!

  • ruben greenberg says:

    Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast.

  • Joe says:

    “An artist respects the silence,” screamed the anti-trumpet psycho at the top of his lungs. Hilarious.

  • Louis Blois says:

    He’s obviously a learned scholar whose eloquent oration comes from a place of inner peace, tranquility and accomplishment. Whence, such wisdom and compassion?

  • Kirby says:

    He was featured on the comedy podcast Improv 4 Humans after the video came out.

  • mb says:

    It is

    DOUGLAS LEVISON’s background embraces Visual and Graphic Arts – NYU Film Programme / School of Visual Arts, New York / DCTV-NYC / Academy of Art College, San Francisco – including Film, Computer Graphics, Video, Photography and Drawing. Mr. Levison also studied Political Science, History, Sociology, Cinema and Art at the University of California, Berkeley and at Clark University.

  • Prewartreasure says:

    Well, Norman, I’ve just wasted another four minutes of my life watching this nonsense, expecting the clip to end with a perfect rendition of Haydn’s trumpet concerto, but no, just staged rubbish.

    (Am I alone in thinking that since the recent changes to this site, standards, and relevance to serious music have disappeared faster than the mists around Valhalla?)

    • newyorker says:

      Your perceptions of the editorial standards and cultural relevance are possibly inaccurate. I don’t see how the site’s relocation could have possibly brought these values any lower.

  • Frank says:

    Where did our fearless editor Norman go?

  • Bob M says:

    This man is my hero.

  • newyorker says:

    Well clearly he doesn’t hate trumpets, he just has much higher standards for both classical and contemporaneous (?) musical artists than this hack busker! A fraud, I tell you. A disgrace!

  • Alex says:

    That’s him!

    But what does he and his company actually do? The website is pretty vague.

  • Alex says:

    This article explains a few things about Mr. Levison and his organization.

  • Roger says: