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Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble (Snedecor)

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Phil Snedecor

Phil Snedecor

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General Info

Year: 2005
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: PAS MUsic
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00


Four movements


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Solo C Trumpet
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

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Program Notes

Snedecor's Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble is a programmatic piece in four movements. It covers a wide range of styles, including symphonic, cinematic, Latin and jazz, while utilizing unusual instruments such as thunder sheets, congas, police whistles and more.

- Program Note from Hartt Symphony Band concert program, 10 March 2017

Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble was written to explore the lyric, expressive and technical possibilities of the trumpet. Commissioned by Dr. Jonathan Kruger in 2005, it was premiered by the combined RIT and Geneseo Wind Ensembles in the same year.

Each movement takes a uniquely different tone. The first movement starts with a declaration inspired by Respighi’s Roman Festivals, exploring the trumpet’s fanfare abilities. Dialogue with the wind ensemble’s trumpet section is prominent here as in various places throughout the concerto. This quickly melts into a lonely and longing street song in both the low and upper registers of the solo trumpet, followed by a flashy whirlwind ending.

Movement two moves to a cartoon-like character showcasing speedy multiple tonguing, flashy whole tone scales and more dialogue with the trumpets as well as woodwinds. Congas and thunder sheets in the percussion section give this movement extra excitement. The third movement, inspired by Erich Korngold's Violin Concerto, shows how lyrical and singing the trumpet can be. Soaring lines over the ensemble followed by extremely quiet and introspective passages leave the listener meditative. The finale is a jazz waltz that builds energy all the way to the ending, which brings back the fanfare-ish theme of the first movement for a rousing conclusion.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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  • The Hartt Symphony Band (West Hartford, Conn.) (John Hart, conductor; Phil Snedecor, trumpet) – 10 March 2017

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