Listening- Brass


Concerto for Trumpet in E flat, by Johann Nepomuk Hummell.  Hakken Hardenberger performs the third movement of this famous trumpet concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.  From the album Famous Classical Trumpet Concertos.

Blues. The most famous trumpet player of our time, Wynton Marsalis, improvs with only a string bass accompaniment.  From his CD Black Codes:  (From the Underground).


Concerto No. 2 for Horn, in E flat, K. 417.  This is the 3rd movement, and is performed by Alan Civil with the Academy of St. Marin in the Field orchestra, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner.

Intrada, by Otto Ketting.  A really cool solo for unaccompanied horn performed by Eric Ruske.  From Just Me and My Horn.

Romance, Op. 36.  Ernest Barretta performs Camille Saint-Saens work, transcribed for horn on the album Solos for the Horn Player.


Variations on Napoli, by Luigi Denza and arranged for the Julliard Trombone Choir with the principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic, Joe Alessi.  From Return to Sorrento:  Italian Songs Arranged for Trombone.

Movement III, Sonata in E minor, Op. 38.  This is a cello concerto by Brahms performed on  bass trombone by James Markey.  From his album On Base.

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You  Another cool recording by Joe Alessi,this time from the album Bone-a-Fide Brass.  Written by George Bassmanand first performed by the great trombonist Tommy Dorsey in the eraof great big-bands.

     Baritone and Tuba

Flight of the Bumble Bee, by Rimsky-Korsakov.  Performed on baritone by Adam Frey on his album Listen to This!!

A beautiful Vocalise for baritone by Sergei Rachmaninov.  Performed again by Adam Frey on Listen to This!!

Carnival of Venice.  Originally written for trumpet (really for cornet) by Jean-Baptise Arban, this variation on an Italian folk song has lots of notes!  Played by Bjorn Sagstad on his CD Tuba Carnival.