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Under Western Skies

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Kevin McKee

Kevin McKee

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Subtitle: For Two Trumpets and Concert Band

General Info

Year: 2014 / 2016
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Two trumpets and piano
Publisher: Kevin McKee Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $140.00


1. Sundown – 4:59
2. Sunup – High Noon – 5:33


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Program Notes

When New Mexico trumpeter John Marchinado contacted me about writing a duo trumpet/piano piece, my immediate thought was to do something with a Western flavor. Before, and often during, my writing of this piece I poured over photographs of New Mexico’s high desert areas, many that really embody the classic notion we have of “the West”. The first movement, Sundown, attempts to accompany a classic Western sunset. The second movement, Sunup-High Noon, opens with muted trumpets heralding the morning light. Before long we’re off on the day's adventure. The urgency of the mornings ride eventually slows as we ride into a ghost town and hear 12 ominous bell tolls signaling High Noon. The trumpets begin a duel in what is a tip of the hat to Western master Ennio Morricone. After reaching its climax we’re off again to the rousing conclusion.

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