Rondo Giocoso began life as a whimsical piano solo, composed with television theme music in mind. After a while, I started wondering how it might work as a trumpet solo, as its Russian-sounding melody (Prokofiev springs to mind!) lends itself well to the instrument. With some judicious pruning and a flourish here and there, I finished it off and wrote a piano accompaniment for it. It is technically tricky in places- the staccato passages must be clear and delicate, the legato sections smooth and silky. The extra practice time required for the high slurred passages (bars 40-43) will pay dividends in virtuosity, and the whole piece should be played with exuberance, humour and a real splash of showmanship. Above all, it’s meant to be fun, and I hope you enjoy playing it. Paul.