Addison Singers and Brandenburg Sinfonia
24 November 2018 - 24 November 2018  19.30
St Peter’s Church Southfield Rd London W4 1BB
A performance of Harmoniemesse in B-flat major and the Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major by Joseph Haydn

Haydn Te Deum
Haydn Trumpet Concerto
Haydn Harmoniemesse

Paul Archibald (Trumpet)
David Wordsworth (conductor)
Brandenburg Sinfonia

The Harmoniemesse in B-flat major was written in 1802. Besides flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns in B-flat, 2 trumpets in B-flat, the mass also calls for choir, timpani, strings, and organ. It was performed at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City for the Mass of the Solemnity of Pentecost on 31 May 2009, which coincided with the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death.

Trumpet Concerto
A favourite of the trumpet repertoire and possibly Haydn's most popular concerto, this work was composed in 1796 while the composer was working on the Creation. In the final years of his career Haydn seemed to prefer large choral works to instrumental pieces, but he was intrigued by a request for a concerto from Anton Weidinger, the trumpeter in the Vienna Court Orchestra. The valveless trumpets of the time could play only notes derived from a fundamental pitch and its related harmonic series, and so trumpet music tended to be melodically limited. Weidinger invented a keyed trumpet along the lines of a woodwind instrument; with drilled holes in the body of the instrument, the player could easily raise the pitch in half-tone steps, enabling them to play chromatic passages. The modern trumpet has been greatly refined since Weidinger's time, but the principle remains the same. Weidinger did not perform the Concerto in public until 1800. Surviving in a single manuscript copy, this extraordinary work wasn't performed again until 1929. Splendidly orchestrated, Haydn's concerto fully exploits the trumpet's new technical abilities.
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