Schmelzer’s Lamento sopra la morte di Ferdinand III was composed in 1657 to mark the death of Ferdinand III, the Holy Roman Emperor. It’s a deeply-felt elegy in which a solo trumpet and piano (originally a violin in a four-part string ensemble) imitates ‘soft’ funeral music, only to explode into a passionate outpouring of grief in short, sobbing phrases. Tolling church bells are soon metamorphosed into a robust dance, a hearty celebration of the late Emperor which leads to a final coda of regret and sustaining loss.

Parts included:

  • Trumpet in C
  • Piano

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