Welcome to the official website of composer Erik Morales!
• Blackbinder implementation begins! Blackbinder versions of Concerto, Concerto for Two Trumpets and Passion Dance are now included with your hard-copy purchases of those pieces. Blackbinder is the most advanced automatic-scrolling sheet music app on the planet. Download it for free at the Apple App Store today and try it out.
• Congratulations to the Greater Dallas Youth Trumpet Ensemble for winning the inaugural 2019 NTC Pre-College Trumpet Ensemble Division with a great performance of “Cityscapes”. Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oJCnZB0crpo
• Just wanted to let you all know that I’m currently working on a bunch of new pieces! I just completed a new trumpet quintet for “Takumi” trumpet ensemble from Japan entitled “Celestial Dance”. That piece will be premiered and released in May 2019. I’ve also composed a 14 minute work for Stuttgart City Brass entitled “Ancient City” which will be released in January 2020. And, as usual, FJH Publishing will be releasing a new concert band work as well. Stay tuned for more updates coming…
• The trumpet ensemble from the University of Music Würzburg (Germany) has recorded “Infinite Ascent”. Check it out on YouTube: https://youtu.be/S22ipwqYr8M
Mars, the Bringer of War
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This is an arrangement of the first movement of Gustav Holst's monumental work entitled, “The Planets, opus 32”. The arrangement remains true to the original in both “key” and “form”. The Flugelhorns play the role of the lower voiced instruments from the original score. The well-known euphonium and trumpet solos are retained in their original form (with Flugelhorn 1 playing the role of the euphonium). Mouthpiece tapping, as used in the first several bars of this arrangement, is designed to mimic the “col legno” effect of the strings from the original score. This tapping should be performed with the left hand while the right hand fingers the written pitch as usual. The tapping should also be performed softly as it is only meant to be sensed, not overbearing. Alternate B-flat trumpet parts are provided as a bonus in the event that C trumpets are not available. PLEASE NOTE - FOR SALE IN USA ONLY.
ISMN # 979-0-800118-16-6
Difficulty: College level and higher