Our trumpet inspiration for this week features Alison Balsom, a world-class trumpet soloist. This video shows her performing the 3rd movement of Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, written around 1711.
Balsom is performing this violin concerto on a rotary piccolo trumpet. The rotary valves are similar to valves on a French horn, which is why they look different than the piston valves we typically see on trumpets. She is accompanied by a full string ensemble and harpsichord (the instrument that looks like a small piano).
This performance not only displays incredible technical mastery, but Balsom also brigs a great deal of excitement and musical energy to a piece written over 300 years ago!
Listening guide questions:
- How does the rotary piccolo trumpet look and sound different than the trumpet you normally play?
- This piece was written in a different historical time period (1711). What images does it bring to mind?