Gábor Boldoczki plays Jean-Baptiste Arban's "Carnival in Venice"

Jean-Baptiste Arban – Carnival in Venice (Trumpet: Gábor Boldoczki)

Hungarian trumpet virtuoso Gábor Boldoczki plays Jean-Baptiste Arban’s “Carnival in Venice”. The piece remains one of the great showpieces for cornet soloists today. Philharmonie Zuidnederland conducted by Stefan Blunier. Het Zondagochtend Concert, 5 April 2015, Concertgebouw Amsterdam. A really good 1080p HD video, enjoy!

The Carnival of Venice, is a folk tune popularly associated with the words “My hat, it has three corners” (or in German, Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken). A series of theme and variations has been written for solo trumpet, as “show off” pieces that contain virtuoso displays of double and triple tonguing, and fast tempos. One of the most notably those by Jean-Baptiste Arban (28 February 1825 – 8 April 1889), the French cornetist, conductor, composer, pedagogue and the first famed virtuoso of the cornet à piston or valved cornet.