Russian trumpet concertos
This manuscript accompanies an audio cd recording of four Russian concertos for trumpet: Concerto in F Minor, Op. 18, by Oskar Böhme (1899); Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, Op. 41, by Aleksandr Gedike (1930); Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Aleksandra Pakhmutova (1955/ 2nd ed. 1978); and Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Aleksandr Arutiunain (1950). These concertos have been featured on other recordings of Russian trumpet music, though not all of the composers are Russian-born, and they are generally known as such among the trumpet community. Additionally, these pieces share a number of characteristics including elements of formal design, extensive use of the minor mode, and considerable demands of technical virtuosity and mature lyricism on the part of the performers. The manuscript provides a brief biographical history of each composer as well as a detailed discussion of the form and central themes of each piece.