This is the 1st movement of the Bach Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin, arranged here for trumpet. This is primarily an etude study for flexibility, evenness of tonguing, and endurance.
Reviews of Partita No. 3 1st Movement
Ok, so on paper it looks pretty tricky; listen to the recording... it is tricky! Firstly, a massive hat's off to whoever played the trumpet on the recording. Nearly four minutes of solid playing is no mean feat at the best of times but this is a serious number of notes to play, and at a decent lick too. I guess the pay off to playing it a little slower would have the mouthpiece attached to your face for longer so it's a fine trade off! However, the proof is in the pudding: it is playable unlike many similar transcriptions on this site.
This arrangement uses the full range of the trumpet but is not overly high for bars and bars and there has been some clever re-writing to make the original violin line work for brass. Four sharps! I don't know if this is the original key without looking it up elsewhere but I guess it means the lowest written notes are F# (and there are quite a few of them) rather than either falsely writing low Fs or raising the higher register - I reckon it'd work a semitone higher to make it more accessible? That said, E major (4#) is generally 'under the fingers' though the work below the stave is always going to be tricky. Anyhow, it probably wasn't written to be easy!
Great effort and the great performance proves that some hard work on the notes will reap rewards.
Thank you! I recorded this probably about 10-12 years ago when I still had some face. I spent an entire summer working this up! I've never had a really good high range, so I kept the arrangement lower, and did a lot of octave displacement. Also spent time working on my Nagel Speed Studies which stays in a lower register with all those tricky 3rd valve combinations. E Maj is the original key, but I never thought about taking it up a 1/2 step. Good idea! Would make it much more playable! I'll post an F Major version soon. Thanks for the review!