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Concerto for Trumpet and Winds (Reed)

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

General Info

Year: 1995 / 1997
Duration: c. 22:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Movements I, II-III and IV-V are published and available separately in three different parts.


1. Sonata – 8:10
2. Slow Blues – 4:40
3. Jazz Waltz – 2:45
4. Song – 1:55
5. Samba – 4:50


Full Score
Solo B-flat Trumpet (doubling B-flat Flugelhorn and B-flat Cornet)
Flute I-II-III (III doubling C Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (I doubling B-flat Soprano Saxophone)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (div. a2)
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Bongos (or Timbales)
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Drumset
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Contemporary trumpet playing today throughout the world embraces a wide variety of styles and techniques consistent with the music it must perform. This situation has brought forth a new generation of trumpet artists whose training and experience with these different approaches to musical performance has resulted in a virtual revolution in performance, stretching across a wide range of musical styles undreamed of only a relatively short time ago.

This music was commissioned for one of these new generation trumpeters, the brilliant young Taiwanese musician Yeh Shu-Han, first chair of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, recording artist with his own small brass group, and soloist of commanding stature in international brass performance.

The five movements of this concerto, each by design in a different musical style, and requiring the soloist to perform on the three main soprano brass instruments -- trumpet, cornet and flugelhorn -- were written to demonstrate the modern trumpeter's ability to negotiate and produce a convincing interpretation in five different musical styles. The first movement, Sonata, is cast in a typical neo-classical mode, calling for the soloist to perform on the trumpet. The second movement, Slow Blues, calls for flugelhorn. The third movement, Jazz Waltz, calls for cornet. The fourth movement, Song, is a modern setting of an old Taiwanese folk song, and it calls for trumpet again. The fifth movement, Samba, concludes the work with a brilliant outburst of Latin-American rhythms and colors.

The Concerto for Trumpet and Winds was first performed in a triple premiere in Taichung, Taipei, and Hong Kong on April 5th, 6th and 12th, 1996, with Yeh Shu-Han as soloist and the composer conducting the China Youth Corps Band in the first two, and the Wind Orchestra of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in the third.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Council for Cultural Planning and Development, Executive Yuan, Taiwan, R.O.C., and dedicated to Yeh Shu-Han in warm friendship and admiration

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

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