Nine Trios For Woodwinds J. (John) Friedheim Arranged by Jari Villanueva
Oboe (Clarinet in Bb)
Bassoon (Bass Clarinet)
Score and parts downloaded upon payment
Nine Trios For Woodwinds is an arrangement of the “Music for 2 Bugles and Trombone” written in 1836 by J. (John) Friedheim.
The original collection consists of four pages containing three "walses" [sic], a march, and five quicksteps. It was originally published in 1836 by Gottlieb Graupner and may be some of the first published music for an ensemble of brass instruments. Friedheim was born at Prag in the Kingdom of Bohemia on December 7, 1792 and arrived in Boston in September 1834. John Friedheim, "professor of music" (as he was described in Boston city directories), is identified as the conductor of the New England Band on the cover pages of two marches-Bunker Hill Quick Step and Shamrock Quick Step.
Friedheim appears to have been a competent musician (a clarinetist) who worked in the Boston area. His Series of Music for Two Bugles and Trombone enjoyed some success but its continuation was cut short by the death of the publisher, Gottlieb Graupner, in 1836.
Friedheim was employed for a period of time at the National Theater (formerly the Warren Theater) and conductor of the New England Band. It was not as popular as the Boston Brigade Band and the Boston Brass Band. Friedheim was a busy musician and composer and the many facets of his activities in Boston included being a clarinet soloist, conducting the New England Band, leading the National Theater orchestra, authoring a book on playing the double bass, and composing works of incidental music for orchestra and of waltzes and marches for brass band including the work here.
This is a wonderful example of early music in America.