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Trumpet concerto (trumpet with string orchestra)

by Brendan Collins (2011)

Also known as: Concerto for Trumpet

Audio Sample

Performance by Phillip Chase Hawkins, Maria Fuller from the CD Great Southern Land

This sample is of the Trumpet with piano version of this work
Great Southern Land


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Great Southern Land : Australian music for trumpet / Brendan Collins ; Phillip Chase Hawkins, trumpet and Maria Fuller, piano.

Version: This product features the Trumpet with piano version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 3022 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

This work is inspired by many of the great brass concerti of the Rococo and Classical periods. This particular time was a golden age for brass with composers such as Neruda, Albrechtsberger, Leopold Mozart and both Michael and Joseph Haydn writing major works for solo brass instruments.


Collins stays true to the standard classical concerto form and uses many elements and techniques associated with the era. It is however, a modern work that employs contemporary uses of tonality and changing meter. Many of the virtuosic runs that occur throughout the concerto are based on the whole tone scale.


The second movement is a beautiful thematic work that has an ever-present Spanish flavour. The seeringly beautiful singing quality of the trumpet is explored in all registers of the instrument and the strings provide much tension with their rich dissonances.


The final movement is a stirring march that demands the utmost precision, energy and flamboyance of the soloist and orchestra. It has an infectious exuberance that culminates in a presto section that leaves performers and audiences breathless.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Written for: Rex Richardson

First performance: by Rex Richardson, Jessica Cottis at Sydney International Brass Festival: opening concert (Sydney Congress Hall) on 9 Jul 2014


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Performances of this work

3 Jun 18: San Antonio International Trumpet Guild 2018, Texas, USA

9 Jul 2014: at Sydney International Brass Festival: opening concert (Sydney Congress Hall). Featuring Rex Richardson, Jessica Cottis.

23 May 12: International Trumpet Guild conference 2012, Columbus, Georgia, USA.

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