Concerto for Bb Cornet or Trumpet

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (arr. William James Duthoit)

General Info

Year: 1796 / 1948
Duration: c. 15:30
Difficulty: V (solo); IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trumpet and orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00   |   Score Only (print) - $3.00

For additional availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


1. Allegro – 6:30
2. Andante – 3:30
3. Allegro – 5:30


Condensed Score
Solo B-flat Cornet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Haydn’s concerto marked an important stage in the development of the trumpet. For several decades the use of the instrument had declined from its position of greatness during the baroque “golden age of brass.” The baroque trumpet was limited by its lack of valves to the natural harmonics of the upper register, and it remained for Anton Weidinger, a trumpeter in the Viennese court, to invent a trumpet with keys which could play a chromatic scale. Haydn wrote the concerto for Weidinger in 1796, and the trumpeter-inventor is credited with the first performance by a program that may be seen in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Typical of the period, the first movement has two expositions, the first of which is performed by the accompaniment. Near the end of the movement the soloist is allowed to express himself with a cadenza, either original or “borrowed.” The andante second movement demonstrates the romantic sound of the trumpet and the finale combines rondo and sonata forms in a skillful and climactic manner, This work, written at the zenith of Haydn’s compositional period, has been described as his “most perfect concerto.”

- Notes from Program Notes for Band


(Needed - please join the WRP if you can help.)

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Menuetto (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Glover) (1795/2019)
  • Trumpet Concerto (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Ring) (1796/2021)

All Wind Works


  • Haydn, F.; Duthoit, W. (1948). Concerto for Bb Cornet or Trumpet [score]. Chappell: London.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 274.
  • Trumpet Concerto (Haydn), Wikipedia Accessed 31 March 2018