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Concerto No 2 for Trumpet (Stephenson)

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Subtitle: Rextreme

General Info

Year: 2010 / 2015
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: VI (solo); IV (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $300.00; (digital) - $210.00   |   Score Only (print) - $60.00


2. Adagio
3. Vivo, presto, in 1 – 7:00


Full Score
Solo Trumpet
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion (4 players)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In the summer of 1987, Rex Richardson and I first met as young trumpet players at the ITG (International Trumpet Guild) Conference, held in Kalamazoo, Mich., on the campus of Western Michigan University. While we both have different accounts of what we were actually doing when we met (though both stories involve misbehaving adolescents), one thing can be acknowledged as fact: that neither of us had any inkling that Rex would be premiering a trumpet concerto that I would compose for him 23 years later, and that the premiere would take place at yet another ITG Conference, this time in Sydney, Australia!

Since our first meeting, Rex has gone on to conquer the trumpet world, in both the classical and jazz idioms. I, on the other hand, have put the trumpet in the case, and am now enjoying life solely as a composer.

Rextreme is an effort to showcase Rex’s tremendous versatility as a trumpet soloist. The three-movement work includes modern classical trumpet writing, beautiful ballad solos (flugelhorn), and also allows opportunities for improvisatory solos. Acknowledging Rex’s ability as a very fine composer, the work also allows for a freely improvised cadenza, occurring just before the virtuosic ending, highlighting his masterful technique on the instrument.

A constant joy for me is the chance to write music for colleagues with whom I have enjoyed a lasting friendship. This work is certainly no exception, as I consider Rex to be one of my closest friends. I sincerely appreciate his faith in me as a composer with this collaboration to come up with a new work designed especially for him.

The premiere of Rextreme occurred on July 6, 2010, in Sydney, Australia, conducted by Mr. Stephen Williams, with the composer in attendance.

- Program Note by composer


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