commentary to opus 82a
Trio for Trumpet in C, Percussion and Piano, Op. 82a (1984)
May 16, 1984, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Reichsstadthalle
Duration: 12 Minutes
Publisher: Zimmermann Musikverlag Frankfurt ZM 28760 / ISMN M-010-28760-7
The Trio for Trumpet in C, Percussion and Piano, Op. 82a, was composed for the opening ceremony of an international Symposium in Rothenburg ob der Tauber in 1984.
The work consists of two movements. In the 1st movement, note sequences stand out against the sound texture produced by the piano, and are progressively compressed to reach their climax in 3 arioso passages. A short abgesang leads back to the mood prevailing at the beginning of the movement.
The 2nd movement is of a sharply contrasting nature in that it uses rhythmically pronounced figures forming interesting combinations of the different Instruments but also sharp contrasts. The golden section of the movement is a cadenza played jointly in free notation, which combines all elements similar to a development section and demands a high degree of flexibility of the players.
A solo improvisation by the percussion forms a transition to a concise reprise which concludes the movement vigorously.
(translated by Holger Klier)
John Adler: Expanding the trumpet repertoire: A pedagogical
exploration of four diverse works for trumpet by Bertold Hummel, James
Miley, Karl Pilss, and Joseph Turrin, University of Miami, 2009 (excerpt)
Percussive Notes / February 1995
for Trumpet in C, Percussion and Piano
ITG Journal / September 1998
In Bertold Hummel's Trio op. 82a for Trumpet, piano an percussion, Scott played with energy and refinement and displaying excellent command of the instrument. The piece itself made good use of this combination of instruments and changed moods very effectively.