Trumpet Concerto (Hummel)

Trumpet Concerto (Hummel)

Like Joseph Haydn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel wrote his Concerto a Trombe Principale ("Trumpet Concerto in E Major") for Viennese trumpet virtuoso and inventor of the keyed trumpet, Anton Weidinger. It was written in December of 1803 and performed on New Year's Day 1804 to mark Hummel's entrance into the Esterházy court orchestra as Haydn's successor. There are places, primarily in the second movement, where Weidinger is believed to have changed the music because of the execution of the instrument. It is unknown whether this was in agreement with Hummel.

Originally this piece was written in E major. [Elisa Koehler, "In Search of Hummel," "International Trumpet Guild Journal" (January 2003), 7.] The piece is often performed in E-flat major, which makes the fingering less difficult on modern E-flat and B-flat trumpets.


The work is composed in three movements (typical of a concerto) and they are marked as follows:
* I. Allegro con spirito
* II. Andante
* III. Rondo


The work is scored for trumpet solo, flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, timpani and strings.


ee also

*Joseph Haydn also wrote a trumpet concerto for Anton Weidinger.

External Links

* [ List of Recordings]
* [ Movement 1]
* [ Movement 2]
* [ Movement 3]

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