Trumpet Concerto (Leopold Mozart)

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Trumpet Concerto
by Leopold Mozart
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KeyD Major
Year1762 (1762)
Period Classical
Genre Concerto
ScoringTrumpet, two horns and strings

Leopold Mozart's Trumpet Concerto in D major was completed in 1762, and is now "popular with trumpeters." [1] The work is in two movements:

  1. Largo [2]
  2. Allegro moderato

Besides the solo trumpet in D, the concerto is scored for two horns in D and strings. Only the first movement provides room for a cadenza; the Gábor Darvas edition published by Editio Musica gives an 8-measure cadenza which requires no ledger lines but consistently involves small note values. In fact, in regards to range, the concerto is "cautious." [3]


Nikolaus Harnoncourt with Vienna Concentus Musicus chooses this Trumpet Concerto to cap off a disc of music by the composer's son, which includes the Bassoon Concerto K. 191.

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  1. Charles Cudsworth, review of Argo LP ZRG 669, The Musical Times112 1539 (1971): 452
  2. The Gábor Darvas edition published by Editio Musica of Budapest says "Largo," but some recordings are played as "Adagio" or even "Andante."
  3. E. H. Tarr, preface to Michael Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in C major, which by contrast is "dangerous" in its use of high notes.