Monday, January 25, 2021

Blowin' In The ... Concert Hall

One of my favorite genres from classical music is the concerto.  I love all types of concertos, including cello, clarinet, flute, oboe, etc.  My two favorite instruments I like to see as solos performing in a concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra are the piano and violin.  

Today I'd like to focus on the trumpet and the horn concertos.  I think the majority of horn and trumpet concertos were composed in the Baroque and early classical music period.  They are similar in form with three movements, usually fast, slow, fast, and most of the movements are in sonata or rondo form. Also, it seems like most trumpet and horn concertos have a fun, playful character
French Horn


I have four great horn and trumpet pieces [3 concertos and one sonata] that are all from the Classical Era, that all have the characteristics I named above:  W. A. Mozart's Horn Concerto #4, Franz Joseph Haydn's trumpet concerto, Johann Nepomuk Hummel's trumpet concerto, and Beethoven's Horn Sonata in F Major.  The concertos above are all in E Flat Major.

Mozart's horn concerto #4 has three movements:  1. Allegro Moderato  2. Romance - Andante and 3. Rondo - Allegro Vivace.   I really love the playful exciting third movement.  

Papa Haydn's trumpet concerto in E-Flat Major may be the most recognized and played trumpet concerto's of all.  I, along with most classical music fans, love this concerto.  Haydn's concerto has three movements:  1. Allegro  2. Andante and 3. Allegro - Rondo. 

Hummel's trumpet concerto is a lively fun concerto.  While I love the Haydn concerto, the Hummel is my favorite trumpet concerto of all.  It also has the typical three movements:  1. Allegro con spirito  2. Andante and then with the just the slightest of pauses comes the fun movement #3. Rondo - Allegro. 

Beethoven's Horn Sonata is a beautiful and melodic sonata scored in F Major with 3 movements: 1. Allegro Moderato  2. Poco Adagio and 3. Rondo - Allegro Moderato.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy these four great pieces that many times will be "blowin' in the concert halls".

W.A. Mozart: Horn Concerto #4 in E-Flat Major:

F.J. Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major [Alison Balsom, trumpet]:

J.N. Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major [Manuel Blanco, Trumpet]:

L.V. Beethoven Horn Sonata in F Major:


bradley said...

Man that trumpeter (sp?) is amazing, a cardio workout the way he slams it--

Big Mike said...

Yep, amazing Brad....and I don't know if it is trumpeter or trumpeteer. :-)

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