The Old Rugged Cross- Trumpet Quartet

Instrumentation- Trumpet Quartet
Composer- Bennard/arr.Chidester
Length- 2:51
Difficulty- M
Range – Low A to high C
Endurance- 2
Finger technique- 2
Counting ability- 3
Ensemble difficulty- 3

I have always enjoyed this hymn and wanted to give it more of a concert setting rather than just a church hymn. The counter melody runs throughout and the main melody is shared by all of the players. I wanted to feature the different texture of the trumpets and flugels but this arrangement will work equally well for all the same horns. I included a short modulation in the middle to spice it up and then it returns to the original key. I especially like the ascending pattern and fermatta with the first trumpet on high C and the fourth part on a low C. This open voicing has a great effect. The running counter melody is contrasted with two fermattas for effect. I added one measure of silence for the same reason. Whether you are planning to perform this in church or on a recital stage, I’m sure your audience will enjoy it.

Listen to sample- The Old Rugged Cross
View first page of score- The Old Rugged Cross first page of Score

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