Early years[ edit ] Henri Tomasi was born in a working-class neighborhood of Marseille , France, on 17 August At the age of five, the family moved to Mazarques, France where Xavier Tomasi worked as a postal worker. There, he enrolled his son in music theory and piano lessons. At the age of seven, Tomasi entered the Conservatoire de Musique de Marseille.
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The composer resolved to prove the contrary with a concert performed on the 13th of November by the Orchestra of Radio-Hilversum directed by Albert Van Raalte with the Dutch trumpeter Jas Jason Doets. Next it was Raymond Tournesac who played it under the direction of Tomasi on the 28th of July in Vichy. There is neither subject nor central theme. It is pure music. I tried to make a synthesis of all the expressive and technical possibilities of the trumpet, from Bach up to the present including Jazz.
Up until this time the use of the trumpet was relatively unrefined. It was considered as a secondary instrument while the interest here is in discovering all of its expressive resources. Its use has indeed been expanded by our modern composers. The development of these two themes ends in a dangerous cadence. The second movement Nocturne develops an extensive melody with chromatic progressions and offers the soloist brilliant variations around the main theme.
The Finale, built upon the 2nd theme takes on the form of a very lively rondo that brings in all the instruments of the orchestra.
Henri Tomasi - Trumpet Concerto