Saturday, December 3, 2011

You're Darn Tootin'

Many of the great  trumpet concertos were composed in the Baroque era of music, even though in that era the trumpet was not developed as it would eventually become.  It was valveless in the Baroque era and it's range was limited.     Torelli, Albioni, Telemann, and Handel were some of the Baroque composers who wrote trumpet concertos.   But my favorite trumpet concertos were by classical composers Franz Joseph Haydn and Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

Haydn, known lovingly as Papa Haydn, was the father of the classical symphony with his abundant 104 great symphonies. Only the Baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, was more influential in the development of music than Haydn. While Haydn was prolific in his symphonic composition, it was certainly not his only genre of composition.  His trumpet concerto in E Flat Major is my favorite trumpet concerto of all.

Austrian Johann Nepomuk Hummel was a great classical composer and virtuoso pianist. At a very young age he was taught by the great classical composer W.A, Mozart. Both were child prodigies.

You can tell the influence of Mozart in many of Hummel's compositions.  When I just began to learn and understand classical music many years ago, I would hear an unknown piece and say, ah, that's  Mozart. And a couple of times it turned out to be Hummel.  Hummel has an exciting trumpet concerto in E Major as you will hear his third movement, rondo.

I hope you enjoy my two favorite trumpet concertos.   I give you the third movements, both allegro, rondo.

Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E Flat Major, movement 3, allegro, rondo:

Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E Major, movement 3, allegro, rondo:

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