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• 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
Concerto for Trumpet in C and Strings
This concerto is an adaptation of a three movement work that was originally conceived as a showcase for trumpet in C and piano. Through the years I've had several requests to create a version with string orchestra. This version adapts the original piano part to the string orchestra thereby eliminating the need for piano. This version comes with a PDF Parts CD, printed full score and solo part. The score and solo parts are formatted 9"x12" and spine stapled.
The work is an eclectic mix of rhythmic and stylistic elements which have played a major role in my development as a composer. The first movement, “Moderately Fast”, immediately showcases the technical demands for all instruments yet manages to remain light in character. There is certainly a jazz element that is a product of my love for the local music scene here in New Orleans, Louisiana. The initial introduction is a recurring theme that acts as a musical “waypoint” within each movement. The second movement, “Like an Anthem”, is a slow movement and displays an unmistakable early Romantic period sound. The main melody is supported by a cascading chord structure in the Basses and Cellos. The trumpet culminates this movement with an amazing cascade of its own and subsides to a very lush and musically appropriate cadence. The final movement, “As Before, but slightly more intense”, takes on a more menacing and modern approach. This movement is a musical roller coaster ride with characteristic calm and frantic moments. Finally, the trumpet is given an opportunity to showcase its' virtuosity with a lengthy section of light and fast double-tongue technique.
ISMN # 979-0-800118-06-7
Duration - ~12 min.