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Joshua Hobbs

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Subtitle: For Trumpet & Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trumpet and piano
Publisher: Hobbs Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Available after spring 2019


1. Rolling Hills & Wilderness – 5:20
2. Steel – 5:00


Full Score
Solo Trumpet
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Keystone Landscapes was commissioned by Dr. Timothy Winfield, professor of trumpet at Westminster College (Penn.) to depict his home, Pennsylvania, and all its beauty. The two movements of Keystone Landscapes reflect two different ideas of the ‘Keystone State’.

Movement 1: Rolling Hills & Wilderness depicts just that -- the vastness of the Allegheny Mountain. I traveled to Pennsylvania to familiarize myself with the nature I intended to depict, and as a Floridian, the mountains (and the tightly woven interstates that scale them) left me breathless -- a simultaneous feeling of awe and anxiety. I found the simplicity of the land calming yet surreal, and I aimed to reflect that in the opening and closing piano figures. The extended trumpet melodies are intended to depict the endlessness of the wilderness -- sometimes innocent and sometimes more threatening.

Movement 2: Land of Steel portrays the export that the state is primarily known for: steel. The opening piano motif resembles the assembly lines of the many factories that can be found in the cities (Pittsburgh, in particular). The trumpet part features an assortment of mutes (straight, cup, and harmon) to reflect the export itself, as well as a very unique anvil color in the percussion.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • South Dakota State University (Brookings) Wind Symphony (Jacob Wallace, conductor; David Reynolds, trumpet) – 14 November 2019
  • Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (R. Tad Greig, conductor; Timothy Winfield, trumpet) – 22 March 2019 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer