Concerto for Trumpet in Eb

Concerto for Trumpet in Eb

ISMN 979-0-060-03209-7
(EAN-13 9790060032097)
Weight 95 grams
Availability In Print

Cat No. BH03209
Supplier Code M060032097
Price £11.50
ComposerFranz Joseph Haydn
ReductionHarold Perry
CategoriesTrumpet & Piano
Cornet & Piano
PublisherBoosey and Hawkes

Edition for Bb Trumpet (or Cornet) and Piano.


Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E flat major (Concerto per il Clarino, Hob.: VII e, 1) was written in 1796, when he was 64 years old, for his long time friend Anton Weidinger.

Anton Weidinger reputably had developed a keyed trumpet which could play chromatically throughout its entire range. Before this, the trumpet was commonly valveless and could only play a limited range of harmonic notes by altering lip pressure. These harmonic notes were clustered in the higher registers, so previous trumpet concertos could only play melodies at very high pitches (e.g., Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2). Haydn's concerto includes melodies in the lower register, exploiting the capabilities of the new instrument.

There were attempts all over Europe around the mid-classical era to expand the range of the trumpet using valves, and Weidinger's idea of drilling holes and covering them with flute-like keys proved reasonably unpopular, due to their poorer quality of sound. Thus the natural trumpet still had continual use in the classical orchestra whilst the keyed trumpet had barely any repertoire. The valved trumpets used today started to appear in the 1830s.

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