Trumpet works from five centuries

Matthias Höfs with trumpet works from five centuries in NDR Kultur

It was a special experience for us today to transform a studio of NDR into a concert hall. Together with Nikita Volov at the piano and Friederike Westerhaus at the microphone we had our performance in NDR Kultur à la carte EXTRA.
Yours sincerely Matthias

Matthias Höfs with trumpet works from five centuries in NDR Kultur
(Video/Audio: 55 min & Interview, 04.02.2023)

Hamburg has a new Jazz Hall . Many thanks to the Dr. E. A. Langner Foundation, which made this possible. Together with Nils Landgren and the big band of the HfMT Hamburg we recorded Wolf Kerschek’s “Summertime” arrangement for the opening. A lot of fun with my new THEIN slide trumpet.

Enjoy the music and come to our new JazzHall in Hamburg. Concert dates can be found on the website of JazzHall HFMT Hamburg.

With this musical recording Höfs would like to help the many victims of the flood disaster in Germany and asks for your support:

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Matthias Höfs and his ensemble produced the Quartet in F major No. 30, KV 370 (1st movement Allegro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. With this musical recording Matthias Höfs would like to help the many victims of the flood disaster in Germany and asks for your support:

All donation information:
Aktion Deutschland hilft – Bündnis deutscher Hilfsorganisationen

Donations can be transferred to the following official account:
DE62 3702 0500 0000 1020 30

Thank you very much.

– Matthias Höfs: trumpet
– Luisa Höfs: violin
– Paula Heidecker: viola
– Phillip Wentrup: Violoncello

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„Trumpet Excerpts – Fantasy“
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Telemann meets Hiphop

“Let’s do this!” – Trumpeter Matthias Höfs and the HipHop Academy Hamburg present their musically fascinating potpourri of two worlds: “Telemann Meets Hiphop”!

Awardee 2016 – ECHO Klassik
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AN ENGLISH CONCERT - Matthias Höfs & Matthias JanzBehind this title is a program of works by English masters from the Renaissance to the late Baroque, arranged for trumpet and organ, played on modern instruments: 4-valve piccolo trumpets in G-, A- and B-tuning, as well as a Marcussen organ (1983) with 41 stops on 3 manuals and 256 stop-combinations. Is it still legitimate and appropriate today to use modern instruments for the performance of early music, since the trend towards historical performance practice seems to be unbroken? We found it especially appealing to adapt the recorded repertoire for our instrumentation. At the time of Johann Sebastian Bach, it was common practice to rewrite works for different instrumentations. For example, Johann Sebastian Bach‘s concertos for 2 to 4 harpsichords and strings BWV 1060 – 1065 are arrangements after concertos for solo violins (solo oboes) and strings. The Concerto in A minor for 4 harpsichords BWV 1065 even goes back to an original by Antonio Vivaldi (Concerto for 4 violins and string orchestra).

With natural trumpet and historical organ, our repertoire selected for this CD would not be playable. The originals are mostly composed for flute or recorder and were arranged for trumpet and organ by Matthias Höfs and Matthias Janz for this recording. With the technically advanced instruments of our time, literature that was originally reserved for woodwinds or strings is finally becoming accessible to trumpeters. Nevertheless, our rendition of early music with modern instruments is oriented towards historical performance practice. Conversely, the high level of today‘s music scene has certainly had a positive influence on the quality of playing on old instruments.

“The Division Flute” is a collection of variation pieces for recorder published in London in 1706. “Divisionplaying” was a very common form of music-making in England towards the end of the 17th century. “Divisions” were chains of variations over an ostinato bass (ground) with an improvisatory character. The 16th century English song “Greensleeves” forms the basis for our version. The nine movements of the “Old English Dances” come from a collection of Elizabethan dance movements for harpsichord, mostly from the Fitzwilliam Virginial Book (around 1600).

Only 6 of the recorder concertos by John Baston, an English recorder virtuoso, have survived. They are all virtuoso “showpieces”. At the beginning of the 18th century, he performed his solo concertos himself during intermissions at the theater. John Stanley, who went blind at the age of 2 as a result of an accident, was an organist and violinist. He held a special position as leader of the “King’s Band of Music” and organist of the “Chapel Royal” in London. He frequently conducted Handel‘s works, which certainly influenced his compositional style. Like many composers of his time, he also used the parody method. George Bickham was an engraver and editor of a collection of songs entitled “The Musical Entertainer”. Published in London in 1737, the volume contained 100 engravings of songs by English composers. Robert Woodcock was a composer and recorder player, of whom only “XII Concertos” for wind instruments have survived. Interestingly, in the Concerto No. 3 recorded here, the corner movements (with the exception of 8 measures) are identical to a flute concerto by Jacques Loeillet.

George Frideric Handel finally settled in London in 1712. The sonatas printed there appeared under the title “Solos For a German Flute, a Hoboy or Violin With a Thorough Bass for the Harpsicord or Bass Violin, Opera Prima”. Instrumentation indications at the time were merely suggestions. The Sonata in G Major, Op. 1, No. 5 seemed to us to be very suitable for our instrumentation precisely because of the typical trumpet motif at the beginning of the second movement. Perhaps it is the Trumpet Voluntaries that have made the instrumentation of trumpet and organ so popular. Characteristic of the festive, upbeat Voluntaries are the organ repetitions of the preceding trumpet phrase. In the original, the voluntaries by Boyce, Stanley and Stubley are works for organ or harpsichord.
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The Philharmonic Brass - Overture! | Tughan Sokhiev Conductor20 members of the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic & Friends embark on a voyage of discovery:
well-known works : this concise „foray through music history“ will feature well – known works ranging from Beethoven, Dvořák, Verdi, Borodin and Shostakovich to Gershwin in never-before-heard arrangements.

Oskar Böhme - Matthias Höfs | TRUMPET CONCERTO & PIECES | The deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen - Tarmo PeltokoskiFor a long time little or nothing was known about the composer who wrote the most interesting trumpet concerto of the 19th century in the Romantic style. Born in 1870 near Dresden into a family of musicians, Oskar Böhme studied in Germany and Hungary and then emigrated to Russia, where he even changed his citizenship to improve his chances of getting a place in one of the great orchestras. Despite his efforts to integrate perfectly into Russian society, his German origins were his undoing when the Bolsheviks seized power. With this album, Matthias Höfs aims to shed light on a composer and musician who was previously in the dark. He presents a rare recording – his third with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen – of beautiful, expressive and romantic music.

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