I know I've played parts written in H, but I can't find any from Google search. H is the German equivalent of B. Source: http://web.library.yale.edu/cataloging/music/names-keys-french-german-italian-and-spanish

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    – Steve
    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:03
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    I am not entirely sure if B trumpets are (or were ever) a thing. They don't seem to be commonplace nowadays, and early (pre-romantic) composers are not likely to call for them because B is a pretty remote key area. However, some books (e.g. Piston's Orchestration, as well as Adler's book by the same name) do mention the B crook for natural trumpets, so it might have been in use somewhere. Neither of them give examples, though.
    – Remy
    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:08

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In German music, Trumpet in B actually means Bb and H means B (natural). It's quite uncommon, but I have also seen Trumpet in B (not Bb) in some French classical music as well, in one case I think it was a flute concerto, but it's been years since I played it and I do not recall the composer.

Brahms 1st Symphony is one, calls for C, E and B. Brahms 2nd as well. D and B

It's fairly rare, but you either play it on a C trumpet (down a half step on everything) or a Bb (up a half-step on everything). You get used to it after a while.

Most classical rep that's public domain now (almost all from the period where B was being used) is available on IMSLP (internet repository). If you dig around, especially under German composers, you should be able to find more examples.

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    Thanks! Brahms 1st symphony is the one I was thinking of. Apr 15, 2018 at 2:47

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