Trumpet in B♭
Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto was originally written in E major, but is most often performed in E♭ major, which makes the fingering less difficult for modern performers using E♭ and B♭ trumpets. The first movement is in sonata form with an energetic first subject and a more playful second theme. The brief second movement has some attractive solos for the woodwinds, but unfortunately for the strings, is placed in the very difficult key of C♭ minor. The Finale is a cheerful and vigourous rondo with considerable technical demands for the soloist, especially in the trills and flourishes following the central minor section, before the work ends in triumph.