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L'esprit de la trompette

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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

General Info

Year: 2012 / 2014
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $17.00


Full Score
Solo Trumpet
Flute I-II
Oboe 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
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

L’esprit de la trompette is probably one of the most unusual, yet rewarding, “commissions” with which I’ve ever been involved.

A few years ago – I think 2008 – I got to know a young trumpet player named Brittany Hendricks. She became interested in my music, and eventually went on to perform my very difficult Trumpet Concerto No. 1. Almost immediately she struck me as someone very talented (in many fields, including writing and drawing), and also very dedicated to her craft. I was in touch with her again in 2012, when we were both at the International Trumpet Guild conference in Columbus, GA. I asked her if she had plans for the summer, and after she had responded indicating “not much,” an idea struck me to try to provide for her the opportunity to attend Richard Stoelzel’s Grand Valley International Trumpet Seminar.

The idea was this: I would send out an offer to all the trumpet players I knew, where, if they were to consider donating just $10, I would take the money and use it to provide for Brittany’s tuition to the seminar. In addition, they would all receive a newly composed piece for Brittany to perform there, plus another work, and get a recording of Brittany’s debut performance. I thought that, if I was lucky, I would get $1000. To my delight, in just three days, I had raised $2600!! With the extra money, I decided to send two more students to this seminar.

L’esprit is the piece composed for the occasion. It was my hope to capture the spirit of all involved, in an up-tempo uplifting work that might be immediately enjoyable to all. I am truly amazed by the generosity embodied by all who contributed. This work is not only dedicated to Brittany, but to the nearly 100 participants who donated money to the cause. I hope we can do it again!

The band version was created in similar fashion. Joseé Chafer, a magnificent trumpeter from Spain, agreed to be the lead-force in commissioning a new version for performance in Spain; almost two dozen others signed on to help fund the creation of the new orchestration.

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