RPM (two trumpets, tenor trombone, and tuba)

$20.00

Run time: approx. 7′. Trumpet 1 range: B3-D6. Trumpet 2 range: A3-C6. Trombone range: D3-A4. Tuba range: G1-Db4. All ranges are as written. In this version, the trumpets might opt to swap for flugelhorns in the second movement. If so, I suggest taking everything down an octave from m.32 until the last two bars of the movement.

I wrote RPM as a sophomore in college to play with two performance majors who were among my favorite people at school. The first movement, modeled after one player, was energetic and technically demanding; the second, after the other, was devastatingly lyrical and meant for a group that knows how to feel. The third movement was mine. I named the piece Revolutions Per Minute, or RPM for short. Three years later, during my first semester at CalArts, I started making chamber music in a group with a not-quite-traditional instrumentation. I’d always wanted to set RPM for brass and large ensemble; what would happen if I instead expanded it for two trumpets, trombone, and tuba? (Perusal score available!)

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Spending time in the Arizona State trumpet studio introduced me to a diverse group of players with countless skill sets. The performer in me had questions; the composer in me had ideas. After recruiting two of my fellow sophomores, I began writing us a trumpet trio. The first movement, modeled after one player, was energetic and technically demanding; the second, after the other, was devastatingly lyrical and meant for a group that knows how to feel. The third movement was mine. I named it Revolutions Per Minute, or RPM for short.

Fast forward three years to my inaugural semester at CalArts. I’m now a member of a wonderful brass quartet of inspiring musicians, and as we were looking around for rep, I found myself digging into the archives. I’d always wanted to set RPM for brass and large ensemble; what would happen if I instead expanded it for two trumpets, trombone, and tuba?

Once I’d settled on the quartet orchestration, I got to work. The result is a piece that closely resembles its predecessor, but I’ve added some new lines to the original. Audiences familiar with the trio version of RPM will still hear the material they love, those same moments of tension and release and desperation and victory, but with the addition of the low end, new opportunities await.

So, for now, the revolution continues….

Run time: approx. 7′. Trumpet 1 range: B3-D6. Trumpet 2 range: A3-C6. Trombone range: D3-A4. Tuba range: G1-Db4. All ranges are as written.

RPM brass quartet perusal (preview before you buy!)

In this version, the trumpets might opt to swap for flugelhorns in the second movement. If so, I suggest taking everything down an octave from m.32 until the last two bars of the movement. You get a great timbral mix that way!

RPM is also available as a trumpet trio. Check that out here.

I performed this version of RPM with several of my CalArts classmates. Watch us here:

Past performances:

  • 3/3/2018, the Wild Beast, Valencia, CA (world premiere)

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