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Trumpeting Bach's Praises

Posted November 07, 2013

Gottfried Reiche and Matthew Muckey 

Bach’s cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen opens tonight’s concert culminating in Mozart’s Requiem (the program is repeated tomorrow and Saturday). It puts soprano and trumpet in the spotlight with seriously demanding parts that, when performed well, convey the joy and praise in the text. As Program Annotator James M. Keller’s program note points out,

It seems likely that Bach’s accustomed trumpeter, Gottfried Reiche, played the obbligato part. He would have been 63 years old when the piece was unveiled, but he was still active at that (for then) advancing age.

Associate Principal Trumpet Matthew Muckey makes his Philharmonic subscription debut as a soloist in the trumpet part. He joined us in 2006, on his 22nd birthday, having just graduated from Northwestern. In a Q&A for Playbill last March, Muckey said the most difficult thing about the trumpet was that “it’s a very athletic and dangerous instrument because everyone hears it. I practice almost every day. If not, I have to re-step. It’s an instrument you have to take on vacation with you.”