Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto is still one of the most popular concertos for this instrument. He composed it in 1803 for the Viennese court trumpeter Anton Waidinger, whose newly developed key-trumpet enabled him to play in a much more virtuoso manner than on the traditional natural trumpet. Our Urtext edition reproduces the work in the original key of E major with solo parts in E and for the more common trumpet in C. Due to the fact that the concerto is nowadays often performed in E flat major, our edition also contains a piano reduction in E flat major for trumpets in E flat and B flat. The different transpositions are now available in one single edition for the first time. Breitkopf & Härtel are publishing the performance material at the same time.
Around the turn of the 19th century it is evident that a number of attempts were made to help transform the trumpet – based at that time on natural harmonics – into a fully chromatic instrument, whether through special “hand stopping” techniques, a slide mechanism like that of the trombone, or the provision of a number of holes covered by keys. The object was to enable … more
About the composer
Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Composer and pianist, whose works are positioned stylistically at the transition from Classicism to Romanticism. They encompass nearly all genres, including six piano concerti, sonatas, chamber music, incidental music, and sacred works. Admired as a virtuoso during his lifetime, he showed his technical skills in a comprehensive course on the art of piano playing. He was a member of the Institut de France and the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of Friends of Music) in Vienna, among others.
|1778||Born in Pressburg (Bratislava) on November 14. His father, a professional musician, gives him his first music lessons.|
|1786–88||The family relocates to Vienna, where he becomes the pupil of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.|
|1788–93||With his father he undertakes a multi-year concert tour through Europe. In London he meets Joseph Haydn.|
|from 1793||Back in Vienna, he becomes the pupil of Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Antonio Salieri, and Joseph Haydn.|
|1804–11||He is concertmaster of Prince Esterházy’s orchestra in Eisenstadt.|
|from 1811||In Vienna he devotes himself primarily to composition and teaching.|
|1813||He marries Elisabeth Röckel, a singer at Vienna’s Hoftheater.|
|1816–18||He is Royal Württemberg Court Music Director in Stuttgart.|
|from 1819||In February he becomes court music director in Weimar, and rises to become one of that city’s most important musical figures.|
|1827||In Vienna he meets Franz Schubert. He participates in the funeral of Ludwig van Beethoven.|
|1828||He publishes his Course of Instruction on the Art of Playing the Piano, which he had drafted in Weimar.|
|1831||With André Hippolyte Chelard he directs the Thuringia Music Festival in Erfurt.|
|1837||Dies in Weimar on October 17.|
About the authors
Eine besonders schöne, neue Ausgabe des Hummel Trompetenkonzerts ist 2010 im Henle Verlag erschienen. Die neu herausgegebene Urtextausgabe beinhaltet aber nicht nur eine Trompetenstimme in E sondern auch in B, C und Es. Der Herausgeber hat einige kleine Korrekturen zur Lesart bisheriger Ausgaben vorgenommen, die ich sehr spannend finde. Ein einführendes Vorwort rundet diese schöne Ausgabe ab, die Lust darauf macht, sich wieder mehr mit dem Hummel-Konzert zu beschäftigen.