Brandenburg Concerto No.2

By: Bach
For: Large mixed ensemble
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Paul Wood
Difficult (Grades 7+)
9 minutes
Classical music
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This piece was almost certainly written with the court trumpeter in C�then, Johann Ludwig Schreiber, in mind. The trumpet part is still considered one of the most difficult in the entire repertoire, played on either the natural or the modern valved trumpet.

The trumpet does not play in the second movement, a common practice in baroque era concertos, presumably to allow the player to recover.

This piece was also chosen to be the first on the list of songs to be played on the "golden record", a phonograph record containing a broad sample of planet Earth's common sounds, languages, and music. The record was sent into outer space with the Voyager probe launched September 5, 1977 in hopes that some intelligent extraterrestrial species might find and decode its contents.

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