Dreaming of the Masters III

From Wind Repertory Project
Allan Gilliland

Allan Gilliland

Subtitle: A Jazz Concerto for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2010 / 2013
Duration: c. 14:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Allan Gilliland
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. 101 Damnations - 5:20
2. Prayer - 5:10
3. Lower Neighbours - 3:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
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
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Drum Set
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dreaming of the Masters III is a three-movement jazz suite for trumpet and orchestra, originally written for Edmonton’s Jens Lindemann and commissioned by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO). Jens has performed this work around the world, including at the U.S. premiere of the work which took place with the ESO at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2012.

Of this work, the composer writes:

My Dreaming of the Masters series arose from a desire to combine my experience as an orchestral composer with my background as a jazz composer and performer. I wanted to write a series of concertos for soloists who were comfortable in both classical and jazz idioms. Each concerto would be inspired by the jazz greats of the instrument I was writing for and, though fully notated, would allow the player the option to improvise.

Dreaming of the Masters I was a clarinet concerto written for James Campbell, and Dreaming of the Masters II was a piano concerto written for William Eddins. The inspirations for Dreaming of the Masters III are not as clear-cut as the other two concertos. The obvious choices would have been Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie, but I think that because I’m a trumpet player myself, they seemed too obvious. The piece is more an homage to the idea of the trumpet in popular music rather than any real individuals.

The three movements are titled 101 Damnations, Prayer and Lower Neighbours. 101 Damnations pays homage to the trumpet in jazz, starting with a slow New Orleans-style blues that moves into 1940s big band swing. The title comes from when I was a young child, struggling to pronounce my “L’s” properly; I was always asking to see my favourite Disney movie, 101 Damnations. The inspiration for Prayer came from wanting to showcase Jens’ beautiful flugelhorn playing. It starts and ends with short cadenzas surrounded by ethereal orchestration. The middle section has a slow groove that allows the soloist a chance to improvise. Lower Neighbours pays homage to 20th century cornet virtuosos and the great Latin tradition of the trumpet. I like to think of it as Herbert L Clarke meets Tito Puente.

- Program note by composer



State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Beth Peterson, conductor; Tito Carillo, trumpet) – 3 May 2019
  • Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor; Tito Carrillo, trumpet) - 27 July 2018 (Texas Bandmasters Association Convention, San Antonio)
  • New Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) Wind Sinfonia (Raymond Baril, conductor; Jens Lindemann, trumpet) – 16 July 2015 - WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.

Works for Winds by This Composer