The Trumpet Shall Sound from ‘Messiah’ (George Handel arr. Phillip Littlemore)


Handel’s sublime aria combination of trumpet and bass vocalist remains a firm favourite with audiences nearly 300 years after it was written. It is a perfect concert combination bringing something truly classical to any event.

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Along with the Hallelujah Chorus, the bass aria (and mini trumpet concerto) The Trumpet Shall Sound is one of the most recognisable movements from Handel’s Messiah, which was composed in 1741 and received its premiere in Dublin a year later. Written in three parts, The Trumpet Shall Sound appears in the middle of the thirds and final part. The aria is rarely perform ‘live’ with the full repeat, as it is a particularly taxing part for the trumpet player and lasts some eight minutes (and a more manageable four minutes without it). However, in this arrangement the extended middle section is intact and can therefore be played at the trumpet soloists discretion!

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