Sonata for Trumpet and Organ

Title, Duration, Place, Year, Publisher, Dedicated to, Premiere (performer(s), place, date)

SONATA for Trumpet & Organ,  15' Bayonne, 1994, U.M.P., to Håkan Hardenberger and Simon Preston, Håkan Hardenberger and Simon Preston, Oundle School Chapel (U.K.), July 1994.

(Other version : for trumpet and piano)


This piece was commissioned by the 10th Oundle International Festival. It introduces thematic material of a popular nature and employs fully the various expressive features of the trumpet alongside a colourful and orchestral use of the organ.

Alternating humour and expressiveness, the first Allegro con spirito is a type of burlesque caprice made up of both variation and rondo forms.

The central movement develops a set of variations on a theme to the Sacré-Coeur . The first variations feature a supplication which culminates in the mesto, tragico central section. The more relaxed fourth variation presents the theme on the organ with a quasi-scherzando counterpoint on the trumpet. The final canonic variation, with its serene atmosphere, contrasts with the tension of the preceding passages.

The work concludes with a saltarello in which the rondo and the cheerful character of the first movement recur.



Naji Hakim : Sonata for trumpet and organ, page 26, excerpt from the autograph manuscript