Trumpet Concerto (Arutiunian)
Alexander Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major (1950) is the Armenian composer's sixth major composition, a "virtuoso showpiece" composed in 1949-1950. It was not written for the trumpet player Timofei Dokschitzer (just before the 29-year-old Arutiunian was awarded the State Prize of the USSR for his "Motherland" cantata), but he was the first to record it and make it famous. The concerto's introduction to the USA is solely due to Dokschitzer, a Soviet trumpeter, who visited the States in concert and performed the concerto there. According to J. Sundram, "it is an energetic powerhouse of Eastern European lyricism and harmonic textures". The concerto was "quickly assimilated into the standard trumpet repertoire worldwide, earning highest international praise from audiences, critics and performers".
Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, interviewing Philip Smith, the principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, wrote that "Arutunian's Trumpet Concerto is now so entrenched in the instrument's repertory that, Mr. Smith says, students use it frequently as an audition piece at Juilliard. 'One of the reasons this piece has become so popular among trumpet players,' Mr. Smith said of the concerto, 'is just that it's a flashy piece. It has a very Gypsyish, Russian, Armenian kind of sound, with very soulful, beautiful melodies and plenty of exciting rapid-tonguing kind of things.'"
While not divided into formal movements, Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto consists of five major sections which are all performed attacca (without pause or interruption of the music):
- Andante—Allegro energico
- Meno mosso
- Tempo I
- Meno mosso
- Tempo I - (Cadenza) Coda
The melodic and rhythmic characteristics of Armenian folk music are a strong influence in Arutiunian’s work. As a composer, he expresses his nationality by incorporating the flavor of ashughner (folk minstrel) improvisations.
- Maurice André
- Carolina Brass
- Timofei Dokschitzer
- Tine Thing Helseth
- David Hickman
- Maurice Murphy
- Sergei Nakariakov
- Geoffrey Payne
- Heidi Rogers
- Anatoly Selyanin, professor: "In January (2004) I headed the jury of an American competition devoted to the Arutiunian Trumpet concerto. 34 trumpeters played only this concert." According to him, the concerto is so much popular all over the world, that even a dog presented during the concert, have a knowledge of the concerto's musical structure and "knew, that through eight steps the concerto comes to an end"...
- Jan Slabák
- Rolf Smedvig
- Philip Smith, the principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic.
- Roger Voisin, credited with the US premiere of Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto, performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1966.
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Bernar Sustro, trumpet. Philharmonic Orchestra "Des Pays de la Loire". Conductor: Mark Sustro. PierreVerani. PV. 78801. France, 1987
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Timofey Dokshitser. The Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky. TD - 950101- AT 2000. Bulgaria
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Jouko Harjanne, trumpet. Symphony orchestra "Kuopio".
Conductor: Pekka Savijoki. Finland
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. (Cadence by A. Sandoval). Arturo Sandoval, trumpet.
The London Symphony orchestra. Conductor: Luis Has. RCA Victor 09026-62661-2. USA, 1994
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. (Arrangement for trumpet and wind orchestra by Roger Harvey). James Watson, trumpet. "The Black Dyke Mills" Orchestra. Conductor: Roger Harvey. Doy CD 036. USA, 1994
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Bebe Black, trumpet. The Moscow Chamber Orchestra.
Conductor: Konstantin Orbelyan, Jr. CHAN 9668 England, 2000
- Concerto of trumpet and orchestra. Harri Lidsle, trumpet. The Oulu Symphony orchestra.
Conductor: Atso Almila. Mils 9651 Finland, 1996
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Alison Balsom, trumpet. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lawrence Renes. EMI 6785902, 2012
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Timofey Dokshitser, trumpet. The Orchestra of the Bolshoy Theatre. Conductor: Gennady Rojdestvenskiy. "Melodia"- VEB Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin, Berlin, DDR S. VI-02273
- Concert for trumpet with orchestra. Same performance. "Melodia", Angel, SR-1-40149
- Concert for trumpet with orchestra. Same performance. "Melodia", C10-06785
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. Performer: Vatslav Yunek. Prague Symphony orchestra De l'Office de Radiodifffusion Television Francaise. Conductor: Moris Suzan. STU 70714 A, France.
- Concert for trumpet with orchestra. Same performance. STU 70915 B, France
- Concert for trumpet with orchestra. Same performance. Victor (vic-2015), Japan
- Concerto for trumpet and orchestra. S. Leonchik, trumpet. The Bolshoy Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Boris Haykin. "Melodia", 33D-015506
- Trumpet Concerto in A-flat major (1950), By Jason Sundram
- The Russian Trumpet Sonata, by I. Akhmadullin (doctoral dissertation), North Texas, 2003
- A Natural for Outdoors (and Street Corners), By ALLAN KOZINN, The New York Times, August 1, 2000
- Where Mozart Tops the Charts, By JENNIFER BLEYER, NYT, April 8, 2007
- Николай Шиянов, Обыкновенное чудо печального оптимиста // Nedelya oblasti, 38 (103), 15.09.2004
- TRUMPET CONCERT: ROLF SMEDVIG AT Y, by New York Times, November 8, 1983