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Katherine ventures into 18th and 19th century Europe to discover three of the great composers of the Classical Era – Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Although Haydn wrote more than 100 symphonies, 68 string quartets, and 47 piano sonatas, he wrote relatively few concertos - just 17 of them - and most of those are lost to us today. The Trumpet Concerto in Eb is the most popular Haydn concerto of all. The last concerto of his career, it's brilliant and extrovert in its first movement, lyrically sensitive in the second and rumbustious in its finale. The concerto is often performed today by such trumpeters as Alison Balsom, pictured. Photograph by JM Enternational.
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