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News 22.10.2018 10:17

Well, as it's my birthday today (31st July) what better way to celebrate than by releasing two brand new pieces of music composed this week.

The first is a trio for 2 trumpets and trombone. The title is The 201 which, while enigmatic, is really rather simple to explain. I undertook this to comply with a call for scores where there was a requirement for 201, which I found out meant 2 tpts, 0 hns and 1 tbne!

It's a very jolly piece, with plenty of work for all the players. The trombone is definitely NOT just a bassline!

All the thematic material is based around the first phrase in the trumpets. The first melody keeps returning, like a ritornello, each time slightly changed. A great showpiece because of the speed for a recital or concert. This is a jolly piece that would make a great addition to any ensemble's repertoire.

Parts are supplied for :

Trumpet 1

Trumpet 2

Trombone/Baritone/Euphonium (Bass/Treble clef)

The second release today is titled "The 22:21". Although originally just numbers (like the trio - 2 tpt, 2hns, 2tbns 1tuba), after a really rather horriffic journey on Northern Rail (UK) I put some of my anger into the discords which mark out the sections of the music.

The piece falls into three sections: Allegro scherzando, Lento e calmato and Tempo Primo, which is a much varied reprise of the opening (using a whole tone mode, rather than major/minor).

This is a challeging piece to play, both because of the tempo and because of the discords. These discords are a result of the compositional process and are points of tension around which the music revolves. Players should not shy away from them, but 'lean' into them, particularly the first two at Lento e calmato.

Unfortunately, the mp3 doesn't do a good job of the fp effects, nor the glisses at the end of some of the horn notes, but it will give you an idea of what I wrote.

This is meant to be a challenging piece. But, with a bit of effort, it shouldn't be beyond most players.

The tuba has a demanding part, both going down the bottom of the range and needing fast, clean semiquaver (16ths) playing.

If you are looking for new, interesting music for your concert of more modern music, look no further.

Parts are supplied as follows.

Trumpet 1

Trumpet 2

Horn 1 (F/Eb)

Horn 2 (F/Eb)

Trombone 1

(Bass/Treble clefs)

Trombone 2 Bass/(Treble clefs)

Tuba/Eb Bass (Bass/Treble Clefs)


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