As concertmaster of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for many decades, violin virtuoso Ferdinand David was a close friend of Felix Mendelssohn, who wrote his famous Violin Concerto for him. David was additionally a sought-after teacher at the Leipzig Conservatory, editor and composer. His works are all but forgotten today, with one exception: his Concertino for trombone and orchestra. The charming work with “Mendelssohnian” character has firmly established itself in the trombone repertoire and is today one of the standard international audition pieces. The autograph score of the Concertino is considered lost, however – in addition to the first edition – the autograph of a version made by David for cello and piano was able to be tracked down and evaluated for this Urtext edition.
- Concertino E flat major op. 4
When the violinist and composer Ferdinand David (1810 – 73) wrote his Concertino in E flat major op. 4 for trombone and orchestra in 1837 in Leipzig for his colleague Carl Traugott Queisser (1800 – 46). He certainly could not have imagined that it would number among the most important works for this instrument nearly 200 years later and would be played all over the world. … more