Programme

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Richard Strauss: Festmusik der Stadt Wien

German composer Richard Strauss composed Festmusik der Stadt Wien (Festival Music for the City of Vienna) in dedication to the Vienna Town Council. It was scored for 10 trumpets, 7 trombones, 2 tubas and timpani, divided into two choirs.

Alexander Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto

The piece is the Armenian composer’s sixth major composition, released in 1950.

“One of the reasons this piece has become so popular among trumpet players 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.” – Philip Smith, former principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic (New York Times)

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

The second symphony is the Russian composer’s first piece after overcoming a composer’s block that lasted for four years. In 1897, the First Symphony was ill received, launching him into chronic depression. After seeking help from a psychiatrist, who was also an amateur violinist and great music lover, Rachmaninoff completed the second symphony in 1901.