The Child of a Sax and a Bugle: The Keyed Trumpet

Markus Würsch (keyed trumpet):

Fiala Divertimento


Introduction to the Keyed Trumpet by professor David Hickman


Markus Würsch

The Swiss trumpet virtuoso Markus Würsch was born in 1955 in Emmetten, Nidwalden in the spectacularly scenic region of lake Lucerne. He studied trumpet and brass ensemble conducting at the Conservatoire in Zurich and Lucerne where he received his degree with honours. He won the coveted Migros competition, and subsequently received a grant which enabled him to spend a year at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur in Paris. He also spent time studying with Charles Geyer at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester NY), with Vincent Cichowicz at Northwestern University of Chicago, and with Adolphe Herseth (principal trumpet of Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

Josef Fiala  (3 February 1748 – 31 July 1816)

Composer, oboist, viola da gamba virtuoso, cellist, and pedagogue. Fiala wrote a concerto for viola da gamba, a concerto in B-flat major for oboe and orchestra, a divertimento for Keyed Trumpet and Orchestra, various dances, chamber compositions and symphonies.

The Divertimento
Fiala must have written this piece for a bohemian virtuoso, since the performing material (which today in Prague) came from the library of the castle chapel of Kuks in northern Bohemia. The solo instrument has a moderate range from g to e” (sounding a sharp to f sharp) and is fully chromatic from b (sounding c sharp) upwards. The pieces range corresponds most closely with that of Kozeluch’s Sinfonia concertante (1798, now published by Spaeth & Schmid, no. 50309) Worthy of note is the cadenza, with is written out towards the end of the first movement. Fiala’s cadenza contains only 26 notes. This simplicity might perhaps give a hint to today’s soloists to show restraint in the appropriate place when performing the Haydn concerto … (Prof. Dr. Edward H. Tarr, Karlsruhe University of music October 2004 / Easter 2009)


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