Commissioned by Southbank Centre, London, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. First performed by Colin Currie, percussion, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 16th January 2019.
When I was first sketching material for this piece, I was inspired by a book I found about the angels in Paul Klee’s work. Sometimes these are in larger works or are sketches or smaller drawings and paintings. This suggested the structure of the piece and sections, as well as suggesting certain ideas, lines and rhythmic gestures that for the basis of the work’s material. There is no narrative as such, but I hope that the piece is direct and clear to follow. The piece is continuous, but in a nutshell: A lively first movement leads to a brooding second section with a very rapid final movement.
Programme note by Helen Grime
- Helen Grime Trumpet Concert US premiere at Tanglewood
- 28th June 2022
- Trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons give the US Premiere of Helen Grime’s Trumpet Concerto at Tanglewood Music Festival on July 10.