Concerto for Trumpet in Eb Major

From Wind Repertory Project
Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (trans. Robert Rumbelow)

This work bears the catalog indication “Hob. VIIe: 1’”

General Info

Year: 1796 / 1999 / 2004
Duration: c. 15:27
Difficulty: V 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trumpet and orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.
Cost: Score and Parts - $200.00   |   Score Only - $50.00


1. Allegro - 6:35
2. Andante - 4:45
3. Allegro - 4:30


Full Score
Solo Trumpet in Eb
Solo Trumpet in Bb
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Contra-Bass Clarinet
C Trumpet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Double Bass


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Haydn's "most perfect concerto," originally written for soloist and orchestra, was conceived to display the capabilities of the then newly invented valve trumpet. This Robert Rumbelow setting for soloist and Baroque era wind ensemble was premiered on the 1996 Japan Tour by the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger, conducting and Barbara Butler or Charles Geyer, trumpet soloist.

- Program note by publisher

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


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

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

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  • Haydn, J.; Rumbelow, R.; Hunsberger, D. (1999). Concerto for trumpet in E♭ major Hob. VIIE: 1 [score]. Warner Bros. Publications : Miami, Fla.
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 274.
  • Trumpet Concerto (Haydn), Wikipedia Accessed 31 March 2018