RPM (three trumpets)

$15.00

Run time: approx. 6′. Trumpet 1 range: F#3-C6. Trumpet 2 range: A3-B5. Trumpet 3 range: B3-D6. All ranges are as written. During my sophomore year of college, I decided to change my instrumental emphasis from classical to jazz, though in doing so, I’d forfeit substantial time hanging out with the trumpet performance majors of my graduating class. Because those friendships meant a lot to me, I wrote RPM with the three of us specifically in mind. (Perusal score available!)

RPM is also available for brass quartet (two trumpets, trombone, and tuba).

Description

During my sophomore year of college, I decided to change my instrumental emphasis from classical to jazz. I’d been in and out of jazz bands for years, and ultimately that was where I thought I’d feel most at home. In doing so, though, I had to leave the classical trumpet studio, where I’d already spent two years. I’d become especially close with the two performance majors my age, and I knew that as we moved into our upper-division coursework we would be seeing less and less of each other.

With that in mind, I began writing. RPM started as a series of sketches that reminded me of how these two guys played and what they liked in the classical music they chose. What started as five movements of music was condensed to three after an early sight reading session – one movement for each of us.

The first movement, Call to Arms, is in-your-face confrontational. It represents the complete command trumpets can have, both in chamber and large ensemble. It also contains a mellow section in which the musicians juxtapose fiery sixteenth-note rhythms against running eighth notes.

The second movement, (Calm) Before the Storm, is reflective. It allows warmer timbres to take over as the players explore a simple motive. Later in the movement, what was once a set of open harmonies becomes tight and dissonant, allowing the music to grow in strength as the players proceed into the upper register.

The third movement, Revolution, is tense and almost frantic, darting a sixteenth-note figure similar to the first movement back and forth between players. By layering a motive that follows the form of a twelve-bar blues over the ostinati created by the other two parts, the lines between jazz and classical begin to become blurred. As the movement progresses, other bits and pieces of the prior movements resurface, building toward a smooth, exciting conclusion.

Run time: approx. 6′. Trumpet 1 range: F#3-C6. Trumpet 2 range: A3-B5. Trumpet 3 range: B3-D6. All ranges are as written.

RPM perusal (preview before you buy!)

RPM is also available for brass quartet (two trumpets, trombone, and tuba).

Listen to my performance of RPM with Alex Wilson and Robert Lau Giambruno:

Past performances:

  • 4/24/2021: SUNY Potsdam, NY
  • 5/23/2019: International Women’s Brass Conference, Katzin Concert Hall, Tempe, AZ
  • 10/22/2018: Areté Venue and Gallery, NY
  • 4/20/2015: with Alex Wilson and Robert Lau Giambruno, Katzin Concert Hall, Tempe, AZ
  • 4/10/2015: with Parker Nakamura and Robert Lau Giambruno, Church of the Epiphany, Tempe, AZ (world premiere)

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