Concertino for trumpet by Emil Petrovics (1930-2011): a transcription for brass ensemble

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Allyson Blair Keyser (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Emil Petrovics (1930-2011) was an award-winning, prominent music figure in the history of Hungarian music. Known primarily for his one-act opera C'est la guerre, Petrovics also wrote film music, an oratorio, a string quartet, and numerous instrumental and vocal works. Among his instrumental music, Concertino is the only solo work Petrovics ever composed for solo trumpet with orchestra. Significant professional posts for Petrovics included professor of composition and conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, musical director of the Petofi Theatre in Budapest, president of the Hungarian Association for Copyright Protection, and director of the Hungarian State Opera. In addition, Petrovics was a member of the Hungarian Parliament. The purpose of this study is to promote the work of Emil Petrovics through a performance edition of Concertino transcribed for brass ensemble. A secondary purpose of this study is to provide insight into the compositional process of Petrovics with the support of personal interviews with the composer prior to his death. The document presents a biographical sketch of Petrovics, a brief description of the three-movement work, and includes the arrangement of the Concertino for brass ensemble. Trumpeter Gyorgy Geiger and the Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra commissioned the orchestral version of Concertino by Petrovics in 1990. Editio Musica Budapest published a piano reduction of Concertino, but the orchestral score was not published. Special permission to arrange the work was required and subsequently granted by the composer and EMB in December 2010. Although the trumpet solo line to Concertino has remained the same as the original, the accompaniment was rescored from woodwind and string instruments to brass and percussion instruments. Occasionally, parts that are not possible to play on brass instruments because of range, speed, or other technical difficulties are accomplished in the percussion lines. Prior to his death in June 2011, Petrovics reviewed the transcription of the first movement of the Concertino. He suggested the addition of string bass to the orchestration of the accompaniment, making it unique from other brass ensemble arrangements, and he hoped that this arrangement would inspire a performance in Budapest someday.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2011
Brass Ensemble, Composer, Concertino, Emil Petrovics, Trumpet
Petrovics, Emil. $t Concertino, $m trumpet, orchestra, $n op. 38
Composers $z Hungary $x Biography

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