Jazz Suite for Three Trumpets in Five Mvts.

Composer- Chidester

Length- 5:55

Difficulty- D

Range- M

Endurance- M

Finger technique-  M+

Counting ability- D

Ensemble difficulty- D

 

This is the thirty-first in a series of arrangements composed/arr./trans. for use in Solo/Ensemble contests and will help fill the need for new material for competing middle school and high school players. Each of these ensembles are selected to show the very best qualities of your ensemble and through careful editing, each has a professional sound with only an average playing ability.

 

I felt it was time to do a suite for three trumpets and jazz seemed to be the most popular idiom at this time. This suite contains five complete sections which include the following-

  1. Prelude “Inside/Outside

The title was selected to describe the chordal usage which begins with a more “outside” sound and runs back and forth from traditional to the more “outside jazz style.

  1. Forgetto

This tile was a play on words for the style is in a more classic Fugato form.

  1. “Jazz Walls”

Obviously this has a Jazz Waltz feel and the title was formulated from that.

  1. “22”

This requires much more explanation than the others. The motif of this section was stolen from the well-known Clarke’s Technical Study book. I chose the second study for it is the most recognizable. So the first two measures and one beat were from the second study and measures two and three are the inversion of the following two measures from the same exercise. I’m sure most of you caught that. Now some may ask, “what does the small number 2 represent in the title”. As you recognize the form of this movement as a round, it should again be obvious that the large number 2 and the small number 2 represents 2 “square” which is in contrast to #2 “round”. Now wasn’t that interesting?

  1. “Closing Remarks”

Nothing of interest here other than a nice swingin’ coda to the suite.

 

Listen to the example-

 

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