Is short, we heard very engaging music that should easilycapture the attention and interest of any listeners, not just brass music lovers. A signature piece. He does not feel it is a "sell-out" to write music which contains gasp triadic harmony and double gasp real melodies. Having taken such a "populist" turn, he manipulates his materials so artfully, shows such an understanding of compositional development that not for one moment does his "Quintet" pander. Shadowcatcher made a glorious first impression. The essential dignity of brass sonorities is skillfully exploited.
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His works have been commissioned and performed by many soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in the United States and overseas. Orchestral performances of Mr. Three additional solo CDs, one featuring his orchestral music, another his music for low brass instruments, and a third, his music for string orchestra, are available on Albany Records. A sixth solo CD of his music for percussion is available on Resonator Records.
The Trumpet Sonata is approximately twenty minutes long, making one of the longest standard works for trumpet ever to gain widespread popularity. The work was commissioned by the International Trumpet Guild in and received its premiere at the International Trumpet Guild Conference at Indiana University by Chris Gekker, with the composer on piano.
The writing is within the standard tessitura and technical abilities of the trumpet albeit long , however Ewazen himself notes that the piano writing is among his most difficult. The opening melancholy theme flowing softly between the trumpet and piano elicits thoughts of a rainy day then takes the audience into a series of nostalgic visions of travel through the New England countryside, laughter and sorrow brought on by adolescent love and grief, fond memories of childhood afternoons spent playing with a favorite toy, then finally returns us to reality privy to a new, more serene outlook.
The second movement opens with a scene of neoclassical pastorale, trading a subtly Celtic melody between the trumpet and piano before taking us through soft-spoken thematic vicissitudes.
These scenes remind the listeners of the small but meaningful victories found in the routine of life. These constructs are interrupted by a vivid prayer section preceding the return of the final first theme.
The final movement captures an intricately more rhythmic writing than is seen in the rest of the work. From there, Ewazen takes us into a loose rondo, alternating between rhythmic partitas and the first theme in various balances and instrumentations.
Sonata For Trumpet And Piano
The system used above is standard in the orchestra music field. The first set of numbers before the dash represent the Woodwinds. The set of numbers after the dash represent the Brass. Percussion is abbreviated following the brass.
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Eric Ewazen
Eric Ewazen Trumpet Solos