Considering that the previous 100 years had produced few solo trumpet works, Pilss’ decision to undertake a large-scale concerto is perhaps somewhat surprising. The piece follows the standard fast-slow-fast movement scheme that has remained the standard since the Baroque era. The entire work is roughly twenty-five minutes in length, which is considerably longer than normal and certainly any preceding concerti for trumpet.
From the beginning of the first movement, it is clear that the work is written in a Romantic style. Pilss uses sonata-allegro form and features a main theme that is prevalent throughout the movement in various keys and by various forces.
The second movement, Largo, is extremely slow and marked with an eighth-note at seventy-six beats per minute. The movement itself actually uses a slow-fast-slow structure with the middle section marked as Allegretto with muted trumpet playing various sixteenth-note passages that seemingly have a call-and-response nature with the accompaniment.
The final movement uses two main thematic ideas that, like the first movement, are played in varying keys.
To the left you can try some samples of the score and part (the piano reduction is by the composer), then grab an immediate PDF download above.