Lyric Essay Concert Band Set
This 4-movement feature for solo trumpet and wind ensemble says a lot in a short amount of time. Ziek carries the listener through 4 different styles & moods – Fanfare, Galop, Ballad and Dance – showcasing the myriad of technical & lyrical possibilities of the trumpet.
Genre: Solo Trumpet with Band | # of Players: Standard + 1
Level: 4 | Duration: 12:10
Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2
Bb Clarinet 3
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2
Bb Trumpet 3
Timpani (4 drums)
Percussion 1 (bells, xylophone, temple blocks)
Percussion 2 (snare drum, vibraphone, suspended cymbal)
Percussion 3 (bass drum)
Percussion 4 (suspended cymbal, crash cymbal, triangle)
Percussion 5 (chiimes, tam tam, tambourine, 3 toms, bongos)
Essays for Trumpet is a four-movement suite for trumpet and wind ensemble. Each movement is written in a contrasting style, featuring a wide array of trumpet techniques. The first movement, Fanfare, begins with the solo trumpet playing lyrical lines over the ensemble. The character quickly changes, with the trumpet and ensemble trading short clarion calls. The movement ends with a flurry of activity between solo and ensemble, culminating in the final chord. Movement two, Gallop, begins with a flash, with the soloist, negotiating numerous double-tonguing hurdles. The movement races off at a presto tempo, with both soloist and ensemble trading the melody. A short interlude with a jazz flavor features the soloist before the movement races to the finish. Movement three, Ballad, showcases the lyrical side of both soloist and ensemble. The final movement, Dance, utilizes a five-part rondo form. It is highly spirited in nature, featuring lively melodies and rhythms.
Music doesn't have to be experienced as an element separate from the rest of our daily lives. It's as much part of our world as the ground on which we walk, and composing ROCK MUSIC was the perfect opportunity to make this point.
I asked the students of Patrick Marsh Middle School to venture out into their neighborhoods, find a pair of rocks, discover sounds that can be coaxed from them, and record the results. My inbox was soon filled with nearly 100 mp3s sporting a stunning variety of geological sonic creativity, and many of those sounds are the basis of the accompaniment audio track over which ROCK MUSIC is composed.
In parallel to this holistic vision, band director Chris Gleason invited a a geologist from the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey to give a talk to the band students. Brandishing a 3D map of Wisconsin that displayed the state's varying terrain, she spoke of the glaciers that transformed the landscapes of Sun Prairie, WI and, San Juan Island, WA 15,000 years ago. The students then made video reports that paired their newfound knowledge of local geology with their individual recipes for eliciting sounds from rocks.
In this geo-electroacoustic piece, the music slowly crawls, melts, and scrapes over a sonic landscape in random, irregular ways: much as the glaciers carved the world we know.