Friday, November 28, 2014

Unusual concertos [81]: Piccolo trumpet

Before the purge of end 2008, one of the most popular topics of this blog was "Unusual concertos", classical concertos for all kinds of instruments and orchestra. I have decided to revive this, aiming for less familiar composers in general. In its original incarnation, I came to 40 different concertante instruments - realizing 80+ this time.

The eighty-first concerto deals with the piccolo trumpet (image credit). This is the smallest instrument in the trumpet family, pitched a full octave higher than  the normal trumpet. Perhaps best known for its use by the Beatles in Penny Lane and All you need is love, I stumbled upon a concerto for this instrument by Slovak composer Juraj Filas. On YouTube a version is available by Otto Sauter and the U.A.N.L. Symphony Orchestra under Raul Gutierrez (parts 1 and 2).

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