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Trumpet Concerto in D
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Leopold Mozart (1719–1787), father and mentor of Wolfgang Amadeus, is famous in his own right as a composer and, in particular, as the author of an important treatise on violin playing. Leopold too was in the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg. He was not only a good violinist but apparently also able to play the trumpet—whether in a militaristic or an artistic capacity we do not know. The story is related that he frightened his six-year-old son by playing the trumpet near him; this would have been in 1762, the year when he composed this concerto—could he have alarmed his son whilst trying out the piece for himself?

The two movements, scored for solo trumpet, two horns, strings and continuo harpsichord, are taken from a more extensive Divertimento. The first movement is as fine a demonstration of the lyrical qualities of the ‘natural’ (valveless, keyless and slideless) trumpet as any in the repertoire. In the second movement the strings, horns and soloist compete, throwing the rustic, outdoor theme between each other.

from notes by H C Robbins Landon & Crispian Steele-Perkins © 2001

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