Ferdinand David : Concertino for Trombone (Arranged for Brass Quintet)
Product Code : David_01
David was a pupil of Louis Spohr and Moritz Hauptmann and in 1826 became a violinist at KÃ¶nigstÃ¤dtischen Theatre in Berlin. In 1835, he became concertmaster at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig working with Mendelssohn. David provided technical advice to Mendelssohn with his Violin Concerto in E minor. He was also the soloist in the premiere of the work in 1845. The Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra, Op. 4, was composed in 1837, and was dedicated to Karl Traugott Queisser, who was a good friend of David, and also played in the Gewandhaus Orchestra, where David was concertmeister. There is some debate about how this concertino came about, but one of the most likely suggestions is that David rewrote one of his already mostly finished violin-pieces into this trombone concertino. Queisser initially asked Felix Mendelssohn to write him a Trombone Concerto, but as he did not have the time for it, David might have suggested Mendelssohn to use his composition for this purpose. If this piece is analysed in detail there are clearly some parts that are much better composed than others, which suggests that Mendelssohn may have had a small involvement in it. The piece was premiered at the Gewandhaus with Queisser playing the solo part and Mendelssohn conducting. It was an immediate success. We have arranged this as one of our â€œin houseâ€ solo works for brass ensemble (in the original key) where there is no need for an additional soloist or another player to replace the soloist in the accompaniment so that the trombone player gets a chance to showcase their playing skills. This is only fair since the trombone often gets less exposure than deserved in most brass chamber repertoire.
In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Concertino for Trombone (Arranged for Brass Quintet)