A popular and recent addition to the piccolo trumpet repertoire, the origins of this work date to the early eighteenth century, when Vivaldi composed the Concerto in G Major for violin and string accompaniment. First published in L’estro Armonico in 1711, Bach’s intabulation of this concerto for harpsichord (BWV 978, appearing a tone lower in F major) was completed two years later, during his tenure as organist to the Duke of Saxe-Weimar. It was during this period that Bach became better acquainted with the writing of Italian masters such as Marcello and Torelli, and he indulged his zest for this music by absorbing many of its qualities into his own transcriptions. Whilst Vivaldi’s structure in this concerto remains, Bach’s inventive harmonic configuration and florid embellishments imbue the work with a true baroque feel.
- Piccolo Trumpet in A
- Piccolo Trumpet in B-flat