Concerto for Two Trumpets and Symphonic Band

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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi (trans. Philip J Lang)

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General Info

Year: 1920? / 1964
Duration: c. 7:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two trumpets, strings, continuo
Publisher: Franco Colombo
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown

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1. Allegro – 3:15
2. Andante – 0:50
3. Allegro – 3:30


Condensed Score
Solo B-flat Trumpet I-II
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III

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Program Notes

Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major, double concerto for trumpets and strings by Antonio Vivaldi, one of the few solo works of the early 1700s to feature brass instruments. It is the only such piece by Vivaldi.

The rarity of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets stems from the difficulties inherent in the Baroque trumpet. At the time, trumpets were natural, or valveless. The instrument’s range was quite restricted, and much depended on the performer’s lip control, as with the modern bugle.

As with the great majority of Vivaldi’s concertos, this one begins with a quick and sparkling movement to catch the attention of the audience and to showcase the bright tones of the solo trumpets. This is followed by a languid and very brief second movement, with fanfare-like passages from the soloists overlaying sustained string tones. For the final movement, Vivaldi returned to brilliant mode with quick energy and intricate passages for the soloists.

- Program Note from Encyclopedia Britannica

The original work was written in C major as RV 537. It was transcribed to B-flat major by Philip Lang.

- Program Note from Worldcat


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