FROM THE BOOK: “ESSAYS ON THE MUSIC OF IOSIF ANDRIASOV”
WRITTEN BY MARTA ANDRIASOVA (MARINA KUDRYASHOVA)
IOSIF ANDRIASOV Concertino for Trumpet, Op. 14
Iosif Andriasov composed the Concerto for Trumpet and Symphony Orchestra in 1960, while in his second year (fourth semester) at the Moscow Conservatory, Moscow, USSR. He wrote the Concerto amazingly fast, in one week, and then worked on refining this composition.
The Concertino (Allegro, D minor, 6/8 time, 179 measures) is a romantic symphonic poem in one movement, written in the sonata form with a coda. It is based upon a juxtaposition of two types of images – a dramatic rhythmic drive and a lyrical dreamy contemplation. The relation with folklore gradually becomes more complicated and is many-sided and sophisticated, directed towards deep consciousness. New colors appear.
In the 1970s, Timofey Dokshitzer (trumpet), one of the most outstanding trumpet virtuosi of the XXth century, recorded the Concerto for the “Melodya” label, with the Symphony Orchestra of the USSR All-State Radio under Maestro Gennady Cherkasov. In the annotation to this recording, Alexander Medvedev, musicologist, emphasized “the magnificent polyphonic effects, extraordinary orchestral colors.” This recording was broadcast in the USSR, Europe, and the United States (Radio station WQXR, New York City).
The Concerto is dedicated to Yuri Usov. Dr. Yuri Usov (1930-1999) was a Professor of Trumpet at the Moscow State Conservatory and one of USSR – Russia’s most esteemed trumpet pedagogues, author of numerous works on Trumpet performance, as well as other instruments. Iosif Andriasov and Yuri Usov were close friends. Yuri Usov said: “Iosif Andriasov is a genuine talent and a genuine human being.”