Trumpet and Organ Concert

New Directions for Trumpet and Organ

A 350-Year Span

Saturday, April 9 at 6pm


Johann Sebastian Bach was a brilliant and prolific composer of Baroque organ masterworks. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth. Bach’s abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognized as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

As part of its mission to present a well-rounded season of the works of Bach and his contemporaries, the Berkshire Bach Society’s annual organ concert often includes a brass component, as the musical combination of trumpet and organ seems to be undeniably complementary. Actually, however, this pairing was not common until the twentieth century. Baroque compositions for the trumpet were either for trumpet ensemble, or concerti with orchestra. Modern trumpet sonatas are usually written for trumpet and piano in a concert hall setting.

The program, “New Directions for Trumpet and Organ”, brings the trumpet and the organ together – truly a natural match in the rich acoustical setting of the church – in works transcribed or arranged from original settings to the thrilling combination of the “King of Instruments” and the heraldic nature of the trumpet.


Concerto in A minor after Vivaldi, BWV 592 | Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750
Allegro | Adagio | Allegro
Concerto in D for trumpet | Johann Friedrich Fasch 1688-1758
Allegro | Largo |Allegro moderato
Trio super “Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend,” BWV 655 | Bach
Prelude and Fugue in e minor, BWV 548 (“Wedge”) | Bach
~ Intermission ~
Sonata II in G minor, Wq 70/4 | Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach 1714-1788
Allegro moderato | Adagio | Allegro
Vater unser in Himmelreich | Georg Böhm 1661-1733
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano | Kent Kennan 1913-2003
(transcribed for organ by Peter Sykes) 
With strength and vigor | Rather slowly and with freedom | Moderately fast with energy

Preferred Seating: $50
$30 | $25 for Berkshire Bach Members
Free for all Students with ID
Online Ticketing: (Click here.)
General Seating tickets will be available at the door.


First United Methodist Church
55 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, MA