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Ode for Trumpet

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Alfred Reed

Alfred Reed

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General Info

Year: 1956
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III/IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00


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Program Notes

This composition was first performed by Don Jacoby, with the Texas All-State Band conducted by Clarence Sawhill, on February 10th, 1956, at the TMEA Convention in Dallas, Texas. The composition is developed in free variation form from an eight-measure theme. After a short introduction this theme appears for the first time. There are three variations with a short interlude after the first variation, the theme reappears in its original form before the interlude returns to form the coda. The melodies in Solo Trumpet and orchestra are interweaved like a dialogue, broad and singing. The tempo is always relaxed and never hurried.

- Program Note adapted from Alfred Reed

In 1955, Alfred Reed was commissioned by the C.G. Conn Band Instrument Company to write this selection for their premiere trumpet artist of the day, Don Jacoby. Jacoby recorded this selection on his Have Conns Will Travel album and later premiered the work with the 1956 Texas All-State Band conducted by Clarence Sawhill. A throwback to the days of the big band, this lush arrangement is a great feature to showcase the advanced trumpet artist in your band.

- Program Note by the VanderCook College of Music Symphonic Band concert program, 20 December 2013


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Come, Sweet Death (Flex instrumentation) (as transcriber; arr. Benson) (1736/1976/2019)
  • Two Bagatelles (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Clark) (1983/1997/2010)

All Wind Works


  • Reed, A. (1959). Ode for Trumpet [score]. Southern Music: New York.