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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Trumpet Concerto (1963)
Novello & Co Ltd
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
16 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)

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Programme Note
Joseph Horovitz Trumpet Concerto (1963)
Allegro poco moderato
Lento moderato

This work was composed in 1963 and first performed at the Camden Festival in March 1965 by Philip Jones and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by the composer. It is a light-hearted piece intended to demonstrate the agility and brilliance of the trumpet, though its lyrical possibilities are also explored in the popular-song style of the middle movement.

The first movement is in sonata form, with martial and melodic elements in equal proportions. The slow second movement is based on a swaying gentle melody introduced by low strings, followed by the soloist and developed in song-fashion A-B-A. The middle section is somewhat disturbed by a threatening horn motif, which leads to a short cadenza by the soloist, who restores the calm atmosphere of the main theme. The finale is introduced by two bassoons which merge with a horn and drum group to form a samba accompaniment to a cheeky rondo tune from the soloist. After several quotations from soloist and orchestra, a new theme is introduced in Latin-American rhythm on Cuban-muted trumpet solo. The orchestra elaborates this new tune, while the soloist plays virtuoso counterpoint. The final section combine all previously heard themes of this movement, and a brilliant flourish from the soloist completes the work.

© 1991 Joseph Horovitz

  • Ensemble
    Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    Ian Scott (cl), James Watson (trp)
    Gavin Sutherland (cl), Joseph Horovitz (trp)
    ASV Resonance:
  • Ensemble
    Royal Ballet Sinfonia
    James Watson
    Joseph Horovitz
  • 15 AUG 2016
    Summartonar Festival
    Torshavn, Faroe Islands
    Kenneth Jones, trumpet; Birgitte Schnakenburg, piano
  • 19 JUN 2013
    Brass Victories
    Bollene, France
    Orchestre Lyrique Avignon-Provence
    Romain Leleu, trumpet; Samuel Jean, conductor

    Other Dates:
    20 June - Port de Bouc, France
    22 June - Palais des Papes, Avignon, France
    23 June - Aramon, France
  • 05 JUN 2010
    Manchester, UK
    Manchester Beethoven Orchestra
  • 15 OCT 2005
    Corn Exchange, Ipswich
    Wolsey Orchestra
    John Jermy (trumpet); Peter Stark, conductor
  • 04 MAR 2005
    Brangwyn Hall, Swansea
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales and National Youth Orchestra of Wales
    Eric Stern, conductor
  • 02 MAY 2001
    Conservatoire de Musique de Luxembourg
    Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
    Marcel Niyen, trumpet; Pierre Cao, conductor

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