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Rolf Wallin

Publisher: Chester Music

Fisher King (trumpet concerto) (2011)
Chester Music Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
27 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
Programme Note
Rolf Wallin Fisher King (trumpet concerto) (2011)
A horn player once said to me: "The trumpet doesn't have any secrets." I was at first provoked, being myself a trumpeter, but the comment tells a lot about the French horn's wonderful merits of magic in orchestral and chamber music. Not only do the horn players send the sound away from the listener, they also muffle it with their hand, making it sound like emerging from a deep forest.

In contrast, the role of the trumpeter has been confined to depicting festive parades and dramatic battles, and to blaring crude fanfares through its almost obscenely protruding bell. But maybe this is the secret of the trumpet: that it is open. Wide open. And perhaps that openness lends it a vulnerability.

In many ways, since we're dealing with the love/hate instrument of my childhood and youth, this trumpet concerto was bound to be become almost autobiographical. It is about visiting some dark places. Low places. The place inhabited by the mythical wounded Fisher King, his country degenerating into a Wasteland, a place we all have been at least once in our life. But it is even more about the hope of transforming that Wasteland into brightness and abundant, flowing energy.

© Rolf Wallin

Score preview:

  • Ensemble
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet
    John Storgårds
  • 09 FEB 2017
    Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid
    St Louis Symphony Orchestra
    Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet; David Robertson, conductor
  • 27 JAN 2017
    Powell Hall, St. Louis, MO
    St Louis Symphony Orchestra
    Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet; David Robertson, conductor

    Other Dates:
    28,29 January - St Louis, MO
  • 09 JUN 2016
    Bergen, Norway
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
    Håkan Hardenberger, trumper; Kazuki Yamada , conductor
  • 21 NOV 2015
    Taipeh, China
    Taipei Symphony Orchestra
    Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet; Gilbert Varga, conductor
  • 21 NOV 2015
    Zhongzheng Auditorium, Zhongshan Hall, Taipei, Taiwan
    Taipei Symphony Orchestra
    Gilbert Varga, conductor
  • 26 SEP 2015
    Warsaw Autumn Festival
    Warsaw, Poland
    Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
    Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet; Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor
  • 26 SEP 2015
    Filharmonia Narodowa Warsaw, Poland
    Orkiestra Filharmonii Narodowej
    Hakan Hardenberger, Trumpet; Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor
  • 20 FEB 2014
    Grieghallen, Bergen, Norway
    Bergen Symphony Orchestra
    Hakan Hardenberger; John Storgårds, conductor
  • 14 MAR 2013
    Göteborgs Konserthus
    Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
    Håkan Hardenberger; John Storgårds, conductor
  • 12 NOV 2011
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Håkan Hardenberger; Andris Nelsons, conductor
  • 20 OCT 2011
    Stavanger Concert Hall, NORWAY
    Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
    Hakan Hardenberger; André de Ridder, conductor
  • 16 SEP 2011
    Cologne Philharmonie, Germany
    WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
    Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet); Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor

    Other Dates:
    17 September - Cologne, Germany

...a weighty piece mystical in content, patiently structured, and assiduously avoiding the military imagery associated with the solo instrument. Hakan Hardenberger was the impeccable soloist, his virtuosity so demurely devoted to the demands of the music...
Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post,18/11/2011
The concerto is a striking, single-movement piece, clearly laid out, yet still mysterious. ...a menacing climax in the orchestra is blown away by the soloist in a flurry of piccolo-trumpet virtuosity. The ideas seem more crisply defined, their trajectory more coherent.
Andrew Clements, The Guardian,16/11/2011
There was plenty to keep the ear busy...a Trumpet Concerto by the gifted Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin. ...dizzyingly fast repeated notes and quick-changing colours.
Geoff Brown, The Times,15/11/2011
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