Trombone Concertino (David)

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Ferdinand David's Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra, Op. 4, was composed in 1837. It is well-known and one of the earliest Romantic-era solo pieces for the trombone. It was dedicated to Karl Traugott Queisser, a famous trombone and violin soloist of the time. Initially Queisser asked Felix Mendelssohn to write him a Trombone Concerto but did not have the time and suggested the then-young David for the task. The piece was premiered at the Gewandhaus with Queisser playing the solo part and Mendelssohn conducting.[1]

It consists of 3 movements:

  • I. Allegro maestoso
  • II. Marcia funebre (Andante)
  • III. Allegro maestoso.

The second movement was arranged for Violin and Piano by David and was played at his own funeral.[1]

This score is written for the following instruments:

Solo Trombone, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, Timpani, and Strings[2]

The piece has been recorded by Michael Ostrander, Carl Lenthe, Christian Lindberg, among others. A performance of the concerto usually lasts around 16-17 minutes.[1]

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