Performance Today

with host Fred Child

Alison Balsom plays Haydn

Like other complex pieces of machinery, musical instruments evolve and improve over time. In 1795, Anton Weidinger invented the equivalent of power steering for the trumpet. He created a trumpet with keys, so the player could play every note with ease, not just some of them. Weidinger also happened to be a colleague of Joseph Haydn's. The result of that confluence was Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat. We'll hear a performance by British trumpeter Alison Balsom, from a concert last month in Manchester, England.