Le Petit Negre- Trumpet Quartet

Instrumentation- Four trumpets
Composer- Debussy/ trans.Chidester
Length- 1:52
Difficulty- D
Range – Low G to high C
Endurance- MD
Finger technique- MD
Counting ability- MD
Ensemble difficulty- D

This was Debussy’s attempt to musically portray the early African/American in a minstrel show setting. Each player has an important roll in this number. It has many wide leaps and a big low G is required in all of the parts as well as many high Cs. The dynamics are equally important. If this were performed in contest and played well, it would definitely get a #1 rating as well as being fun to play.

Listen to the sample Le Petit Negre

View 1st trumpet part Le Petit Negre

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