Born in Italy in 1692, Tartini led a rather chequered life as a composer, violinist, theorist, and even a master swordsman! He wrote over two hundred violin concerti, as well as a similar number of chamber works for the instrument, influenced predominantly by Corelli and Vivaldi, yet with a simpler tonal language. Aside from the famous Devil’s Trill Sonata, Tartini’s music is rarely encountered in the concert hall today, save for a few notable transcriptions for wind instruments.
The Concerto in D major for trumpet is one such example, originating a tone higher as the Violin Concerto in E Major (D. 53). The outer movements alternate nimble, fanfare-like motifs with intervening orchestral episodes, while the central Andante is reminiscent of an operatic aria with discreet accompaniment.
- Trumpet in D
- Piccolo Trumpet in A