Concerto for Trumpet (Ticheli)

From Wind Repertory Project
Frank Ticheli

Frank Ticheli

General Info

Year: 1990 / 2021
Duration: c. 18:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trumpet and orchestra
Publisher: Manhattan Beach Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $395.00   |   Score Only (digital) - $95.00


1. Fanfare Fantasy – 5:15
2. Song – 7:30
3. Rondo – 5:00


Full Score
Solo Trumpet
Flute I-II (II doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Harp (optional but highly recommended)
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castanets
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbals (medium large and medium thin)
  • Tam-tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Tom-Toms (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Vibra-slap
  • Wood Block (regular and piccolo)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The original version of the concerto was composed for the distinguished American trumpeter, Armando Ghitalla (June 1, 1925-December 14, 2001). I first heard his playing on old Boston Symphony recordings made during his tenure as their principal trumpeter. Years later, after his retirement from the BSO and appointment to the teaching faculty at the University of Michigan (where I was a student in the 1980s), I was fortunate enough to become well acquainted with the man, his gourmet cooking and his splendid musicianship. My concerto was inspired not only by his musical gifts, but also his personal charm and wit.

The first movement is a wild fanfare whose main theme is based on Mr. Ghitalla’s initials (A and G), forming the interval of a ninth. The energy ebbs and flows, and gradually heats up as the dialogue between the soloist and orchestra becomes more agitated. In contrast, the second movement is a peaceful song. It develops a simple, lyrical theme framing a prayer-like middle section. The movement ends as a meditation on notes A and G. The final movement unleashes explosive energy during much of its five minutes. It is cast in the form of a rondo (A B A C A), with the middle section recalling the fanfare idea from the first movement. The energy builds relentlessly -- a pressure cooker of excitement -- exploding into the final climax.

The original version of the concerto, for trumpet and small orchestra, received its world premiere by soloist Armando Ghitalla and the Winters Chamber Orchestra, George Winters, conductor, on February 8, 1990 in San Antonio, Texas. The present version, for solo trumpet and wind ensemble, was commissioned by J. Peyden Shelton and the University of Utah Wind Ensemble, conductor.

- Program Note by composer


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