Haydn Ten Little Pieces


Haydn

Series about classical music. Former footballer Dion Dublin summarises Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, with the help of a football team and some MOTD-style graphics.


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Some songwriters or composers just know how to produce a hit.

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KEYPAD BEEPS

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MUSIC: Trumpet Concerto in E Flat by Joseph Haydn

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Those composers are just like superstar strikers

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shooting for goal.

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They just know how to write a piece of music

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that's going to hit the back of the net every time.

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CONCERTO CONTINUES

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Joseph Haydn, 18th-century Austrian composer.

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He used to have to write melodies for the orchestra

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he managed that were memorable and bang on target.

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Otherwise, he'd get the boot from the prince who employed him.

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Luckily, Haydn had an ear for a catchy tune,

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the kind that his boss could hum to for weeks and weeks

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while wallowing in his posh bath.

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And his record speaks for itself.

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Take this concerto,

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where the trumpeter takes the role of superstar striker

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and plays a real crowd-pleaser of a melody all of their own.

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CONCERTO CONTINUES

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Haydn knows that's not enough,

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so he opts for a rondo formation for this piece.

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That's a musical structure where the main melody keeps returning -

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like a chorus, but alternates with different musical interludes,

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so the rest of the players aren't sitting about doing nothing.

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They are providing the interludes, picking up the tempo

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and creating variety - but, in the end, always passing the ball back

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to the star striker,

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who only has eyes for goal.

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CONCERTO CONTINUES

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Former footballer Dion Dublin summarises Joseph Haydn's Trumpet Concerto, with the help of a football team and some MOTD-style graphics. Soloist Alison Balsom performs with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Alpesh Chauhan.


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