This piece has a somewhat unusual time signature of
9/8. It has a quick tempo of Allegro. The music is in
the key of G major and the total duration is 2 minutes.
This music was written as a self-accompanied work, as
such the underlying harmonic structure is built into
the melody. Some other distinctive features include an
abundance of chromatic notes, changes in tempo such as
rubato and accelerando, and dramatic fermata.
The trumpet has the highest register in the brass
family of musical instruments. It is played by blowing
air through closed lips, thus producing a buzzing sound
which results in a vibration within the instrument. The
vibration is known as a standing wave vibration. Since
the late 15th century trumpets have primarily been made
from brass tubing, which is bent twice into a rounded
Several types of trumpet exist, the most common being
the Bb trumpet which has a tubing length of about
148cm. Modern trumpets have valves which alter the
pitch being played, by increasing the length of tubing.
A musician who plays a trumpet is known as a trumpet
player, or a trumpeter.
Historically trumpets where used as far back as 1500BC.
The Egyptian Pharaoh, Tutankhamun, was buried
accompanied by silver and bronze trumpets in his grave.