Popular Trumpet Sheet Music
Like on any other instrument, trumpet sheet music has dozens of pieces in which the instrument is known for. I have only selected a few that come to my mind, but I will add more as I think of them. I also felt it would be useful to include some noteworthy recordings by famous trumpet performers on some of these pieces. There are different styles and interpretations, but many of them are original pieces, left unchanged, though played perhaps different stylistically by performing trumpet artists. If you have a favorite trumpet piece, whether it is classical, pop, or jazz that you think should be on this page, please let me know.
Carnival of Venice
It is hard to think of the trumpet without thinking of the Carnival of Venice. It is one of the most challenging, exciting pieces to play. There are also many different versions of this piece and numerous recordings. Doc Severinsen and Rafael Mendez come to mind, but dozens of other trumpet and cornet players have played it too.
Haydn, Hummel, and Hindemuth
Back in my teens I remember my instructor telling me that trumpet judges had an affinity for the three H's: Haydn, Hummel, and Hindemuth. Unless you played one of these familiar trumpet pieces, you were likely not going to score very high. I have no idea how true that is, but it makes for a good story and some good history from the 70's, doesn't it? At any rate, here is where you can find those pieces:
Petite Piece Concertante for Trumpet or Cornet
This is a popular solo piece for trumpet or cornet and it is a sentimental favorite of mine. This is the first contest solo I had ever performed during my grade-school years. The piece is considered medium difficulty, but can be rather challenging to really do musical justice to it.
Trumpet Voluntary and Reverie
I believe these two pieces need no introduction and there are thousands of trumpet sheet music renditions of them. The Trumpet Voluntary is probably one of the first pieces ever that inspired me to play trumpet when I heard it at a wedding as a little kid.
Here are some familiar Serenades for Trumpet (or Cornet) and Piano commonly found in the trumpet sheet music section of your local musical instrument dealer.
Arutunian Trumpet Concerto
This piece seems to have gained popularity as I have heard it performed by many of our modern trumpet virtuoso's of our day.
Flight of the Bumblebee
If you haven't heard Flight of the Bumblebee played on trumpet, then you truly have not heard this piece the way it is supposed to be played.