Belcke was certainly well received in the salons of Paris, and the Belgian musicologist and critic François-Joseph Fétis reports, “Although the place of the trombone in the orchestra is already defined, and execution for this purpose beyond a certain degree useless, the bass trombone has been cultivated in Germany as a solo instrument with singular success, and the fame of Belcke of Berlin, for skillful management, has already reached England.” Belcke’s international fame and fortune inspired other hopeful trombonists, including Ernst Sachse (1813-1870). Born in the little town of Altenburg, located just south of Leipzig, Sachse was offered a position as trumpeter at the Hofkapelle (court ensemble) in Weimar. He played under the direction of Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Franz Liszt, and made his first solo appearance at Weimar city hall in 1836. According to the records, he also was principle trombone for the premiere of Wagner’s Lohengrin on 28 August 1855. Sachse frequently featured as the soloist in his own compositions, and his concertos for bass trombone enjoyed modest popularity and are occasionally still performed today.
Ernst Sachse: Concerto in F Major for Bass Trombone