“Telephone” by Lady Gaga– Trumpet Choir (Tpts. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)

Composer- Lady Gaga/ and others/ – arr.Chidester

Length- 3:59

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This was arranged to showcase the muted colors of a trumpet choir. I used two flugles on the 7th and 8th parts for even more color difference. Everyone must play every 8th note either on or off the beat for best results. This is not a difficult piece for any of the players and should be a hit on a concert for how many trumpet choirs are now performing music by Lady Gaga? The following information, taken from Wikipedia more completely explains the meaning of this piece.

Telephone” is a song recorded by Lady Gaga which features American R&B singer Beyonce for Gaga’s third EP, The Fame Monster (2009). The song was written by Gaga, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Lazonate Franklin and Beyoncé. Inspired by her fear of suffication, Gaga explained that the lyrics preferring relaxing on the dance floor to answering her lover’s phone call are a metaphor, the phone calling her representing the fear of not having worked hard enough to succeed. Originally, Gaga wrote the song for Britney Spears, who recorded a demo. Musically, “Telephone” consists of an expanded bridge, verse-rapand a sampled voice of an operator announcing that the phone line is unreachable. Beyoncé appears in the middle of the song, singing the verses in a rapid-fire way, accompanied by double beats.

Well! Now it all makes sense!

Listen to the example-


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