The Wagenseil Concerto is one of the most performed of all the Trombone concertos due to its beauty, elegance, rich melodic nature and rarity of medium. Finally here is a wonderful transcription for a Classical style Wind Ensemble set by Paul Bryan, retired Professor of Music from Duke University.
In 1968 while on research in the archives of the former residence of Bishop Karl Liechtenstein von Kastelkorne in the Czech town of Kromeriz, Paul Bryan discovered the two movement Concerto for Trombone by Georg Christoph Wagenseil. Dr. Bryan always felt there had to be some solos from the Classical period for Trombone and it was only a matter of time before they were discovered. The work is originally scored for chamber orchestra, but for the first time the music has been set for Classical Wind Ensemble.
The instrumentation is for:
Solo Trombone (alto & tenor parts are supplied) 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets, Bassoon, 2 Horns, Bass Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet, String Bass & Contra Bass E-flat Alto Clarinet.
Wagenseil was a well-known
musical figure in his day —
both Joseph Haydn and
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are
known to have been familiar
with his works. His early works
are Baroque, while later pieces
are in the lighter galant style.
He composed a number of
operas, choral works,
chamber music and keyboard