Movement 1: Allegro con spirito
Movement 2: Rondo
Movement 3: Rondo
The opening movement is thoroughly modern in outlook, and grand in scale, form and orchestration, requiring a sizeable orchestra. With the chromatic and tonal flexibility of Weidinger’s new solo instrument, Hummel was able not only to exploit the keyed trumpet’s ability to play expressively in its low register but also to modulate into extreme keys. The result is a splendid movement for both soloist and orchestra which contrasts the striking opening with a more light-hearted second subject. The following ‘Andante’—serious, often quite dramatic in character—shows the keyed trumpet to have many of the qualities of a wind instrument, providing it with flowing runs and novel trills. The Finale, the most light-hearted of the three, conceals a march by Cherubini which at the time of the first performance would have been well known; no longer familiar to us, the joke is today usually lost. The writing throughout the movement provides the trumpeter with virtuosic trills and flourishes in a variety of keys. This concerto clearly suited Weidinger, for he kept it in his repertoire for many years.
from notes by H C Robbins Landon & Crispian Steele-Perkins © 2001