One of the best-loved trumpet concertos today is actually a horn concerto: Neruda composed it in about 1750 at the Dresden Court, where he met the greatest horn virtuosos of the day. As a result, the solo part is immensely demanding and is kept in the upper clarino register throughout (up to g'''), which means that only a few horn players today can master it, even on the modern valve horn. But on the trumpet, however, these difficulties do not apply. This new edition by G. Henle Publishers is based on the only extant manuscript source, which is held in Prague. It takes modern performance practice into account and thus also contains parts for trumpet in E flat and in B flat. As an Urtext edition – and in contrast to earlier editions – it forgoes the articulation and dynamic markings that have otherwise been added so freely, and thereby enables us to have an unbiased view of the original notation.
- Horn Concerto E flat major
- ABRSM: Trumpet Grade 8
Johann Baptist Georg (Jan Krtitel Jirí) Neruda (ca. 1711 – 76) is one of the many Bohemian musicians who influenced and enriched musical life in 18th-century Europe. Even today, such names as Johann Stamitz, Franz Benda, Leopold Kozeluch, Johann Baptist Vanhal and Johann Ladislaus Dussek are very familiar, and their works are regularly performed in concerts. Like them, … more
About the composer
Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
A composer and violinist of the pre-Classical period. During his lifetime, his works were primarily known in Germany, Bohemia, and Sweden. Among his mainly instrumental compositions, some of which are regarded as lost, are 36 symphonies, ten violin concerti, trio sonatas, and what today is his most popular work, the Concerto for Trumpet, Strings, and Continuo in E-flat major, originally written for French horn.
|around 1711||Probably born in Rosice. He is educated in violin and cello. He is employed for several years in a theater orchestra in Prague.|
|from 1741||He moves to Dresden and enters the service of Count Frederick August Rutowski.|
|around 1750||He obtains an appointment at the Dresden Hofkapelle (Court Chapel), initially as fourteenth, and then after a few years as fifth, violinist. His sons Ludwig and Anton Friedrich are trained by him in violin and likewise join the Dresden Hofkapelle.|
|1776||Dies in Dresden on October 11.|