Two Trumpet Concertos
The Magic of a Trumpet
There is a magic to the trumpet. When employed by a skillful player its range and tone can connect with our hearts. Its sound can dance, sing and deliver drama.
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I am informed by my brother, a celloist and trombonist, that a favourite composition of trumpet players is that by Johann Hummel. One can understand why. The piece enables a very skilled player to demonstrate the capability, the range, the beauty and drama which the instrument can provide.
I once tried to play a trumpet and failed utterly to make any useful sound. If you listen to the magnificent piece you may connect with the expertise demonstrated by Håkan Hardenberger, the soloist; the mastery of his use of his lips, tongue, mouth, airways, diaphram, arms and fingers, his body.
The curious may notice that the two pieces were written within a decade of each other at the time of the introduction of valves into the modern trumpet. Additionally, Haydn was a contemporary of Hummel. Haydn was also a mentor of Mozart and a tutor of Beethoven all of whom were exploring the capabilities of the instruments of their time.
If one listens carefully to the Hummel piece one can hear a beautiful moment in which the flutists enter. They provide such delicate support.
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto - Pacho Flores and the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra - Live Concert HD, featuring soloist Pacho Flores, published by AVROTROS Klassiek, 2018-11-13
Johann Nepomuk Hummel - Trumpet Concerto, featuring soloist Håkan Hardenberger, published by olla-vogala, 2015-10-10
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