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Concerto for Trumpet in Eb Major (arr Laverty)

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Franz Joseph Haydn

Franz Joseph Haydn (trans. John Laverty)

This work bears the designation Hob. VIIe.

General Info

Year: 1796 / 2007
Duration: c. 15:25
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trumpet and orchestra
Publisher: Zephyr Wind Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Allegro - 6:12
2. Andante - 4:45
3. Allegro - 4:30


Full Score
Solo Trumpet
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II


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

This edition is based on the original composition written in 1796 for keyed trumpet and orchestra. It is considered Haydn’s most popular concerto and certainly the one that is performed most often. The original orchestra accompaniment is designed for a classical era orchestra, with a small string section and a limited number of wind parts. This chamber winds edition is designed to use a classical-era harmoniemusik accompaniment, incorporating pairs of wind instruments. The original string parts are spread throughout the wind parts, with the clarinet parts serving as the main instrument family to serve as the string section.

- Program Note by John Laverty

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Wind Symphony (David Waybright, conductor; Randolph Lee, trumpet) – 5 April 2018
  • Syracuse (N.Y.) University Wind Ensemble (John M. Laverty, conductor; Vincent DiMartino, trumpet)] – 2007 *Premiere Performance*

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


  • John Laverty, personal correspondence, April 2018
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 274.
  • Trumpet Concerto (Haydn), Wikipedia Accessed 31 March 2018