Concerto for Trumpet (Chance)

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John Barnes Chance

John Barnes Chance (ed. John Laverty)

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General Info

Year: 1972
Duration: c. 14:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


  1. Declamato, Vivo – 5:10
  2. Scherzando Marziale – 3:40
  3. Caloroso – 4:45

N.B. It is uncertain whether the John Laverty edition includes all three of the original movements.


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Program Notes

For years, a mystery has surrounded the John Barnes Chance Concerto for Trumpet. Composed for a performance in 1972, it is now considered to be Chance's final work before his untimely accidental death. The work was composed for "Doc" Severinsen for a performance with Charles Forque and the Robert E. Lee High School Band in Baytown, Texas. Severinsen had high praise for Forque, and his students recognizing that Forque was one of the finest among musicians and educators.

Because the score was never submitted to the publisher, almost 40 years passed until it was rediscovered. Enter Vince DiMartino, virtuoso trumpeter and pedagogue, whose zeal to bring the work back to audiences is the reason we can hear it today. While the music remains in manuscript, great appreciation is due to John M. Laverty, former director of bands at Syracuse University, for creating the clearly edited score and set of parts he made in order to perform and record the work with Vince.

The final movement, Scherzando marziale, is a rollicking tour de force. While the soloist leads, the ensemble joins in with accompaniments, commentaries, and bold tutti statements of their own. For the most part, it is a rambunctious party, but there are also moments of coy allure. All in all, it is an unabashed circus of trumpet virtuosity and joy!

- Program Note from Louisville Concert Band concert program, 21 December 2023


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State Ratings

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