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Pieces for 8 Trumpets

 
Cat # Title Grade Composer (arr.)
TRP-040 An Overture and a Finale [5] LoPresti, R.

An Overture and a Finale

Composer: LoPresti, Ronald
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 6 minutes and 10 seconds
Difficulty: 5
Excellent idiomatic and well-crafted writing for the trumpet. ABA form with contrasting sections and moods, the piece is accessible and exciting for player and audience alike. All parts are active with lots of pairing and trading off. Highly recommended
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TRP-028 Battle Hymn of the Republic [5] Steffe, W. (Wilhousky)

Composer: Steffe, William
Arranger: Wilhousky, Peter J.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Accompaniment: Organ
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 4 minutes and 30 seconds
Difficulty: 5
Transcribed by James Olcott. With organ. Taken directly from Wilhousky's dramatic arrangement, this transcription can stand alone or be coupled with the published arrangements for choir/orchestra/band (minor editing of measure numbers would be necessary). Makes a very powerful closer
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TRP-123 Canzon Septimi Toni a 8 No. 1 [4] Gabrieli, G. (Brown)

Composer: Gabrieli, Giovanni
Transcriber: Brown, David
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 40 seconds
Difficulty: 4
An excellent transcription of a beautiful, classic work for antiphonal brass. Two groups of four trumpets each in typical Gabrieli fashion with its contrapuntal lines and melodic independence. Really fun to play, and very effective, satisfying for both audience and player. Clearly edited for both articulation and phrasing. Easy range, going only to a'', and with the usual 3/2 sections. NOTE: to view the video full screen to better see the music, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
ITG Journal, October 2014, page 102:
"...This arrangement is particularly accessible to younger ensembles, including the high school level. Meticulous attention to detail in articulations and beaming are very helpful in style and phrasing...most effective when the trumpets are divided into two choirs of four players each."
- Luis Engelke
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TRP-134 Christmas Oratorio - Opener fr. Part I [7] Bach, J. (Millsap)

Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
Transcriber: Millsap, Kyle
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: D Major concert
Duration: 7 minutes and 50 seconds
Difficulty: 7
"Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage!," the famous opener to Bach's landmark piece, arranged for two piccolo trumpets, one D trumpet, two C trumpets, two B-flat trumpets, and flugelhorn. Very effective and quite exciting, with the famous lines heard in wonderful, intertwisting counterpoint. Almost an "8" in its complexity and demands, but it is worth it!
ITG Journal, October 2015, page 93:
Although challenging due to the use of multiple trumpets in the original key of D, (this) highly effective adaptation will undoubtedly be very enjoyable...for both the performers and the audience, especially when adding a splash of Baroque color from a major work to any holiday program.
- James Zingara
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TRP-012 Emily [7] Mercer, J. (Olcott)

Emily

Composer: Mercer, Johnny
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 30 seconds
Difficulty: 7
Arranged for 2 piccolo trumpets in B-flat and 6 B-flat trumpets. A very pretty and lush ballad done in a legato, fluid, vocal style. Balance, blend, phrasing, and style are key elements. A beautiful change-of-pace for any concert. One of those unexpected show stoppers.
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TRP-153 Even When He is Silent [5] Arnesen, K.

Composer: Arnesen, Kim André
Number of Trumpets: 8
Duration: 4 minutes and 22 seconds
Difficulty: 5
A transcription of a haunting work originally for female choir. Extremely effective and a real challenge in every aspect of performance. A very beautiful work. The words of the poem are written into the score and parts to facilitate understanding, phrase, and style. NOTE: to view the video full screen to see the words, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
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TRP-160 Fanfare for the Green and Gold [4] Hobbs, J.

Composer: Hobbs, Joshua
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 1 minute and 34 seconds
Difficulty: 4
A strong and inventive fanfare with the usual Hobbsian intertwining of lines, dynamic variation and rhythmic intensity. An excellent opener.
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TRP-003 Formal Christmas Medley [5] (Olcott)

Formal Christmas Medley

Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: various
Duration: 5 minutes
Difficulty: 5
A five-minute suite of the favorites: Deck the Halls (with boughs of Holly); Silent Night; Angels We Have Heard on High; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Joy to the World. Optional doubling on B-flat piccolo trumpets for parts one and two. Inventive writing, accessible, fun to play, satisfying, and excellent in terms of audience appeal. Click here to read the review from the ITG Journal
ITG Journal, December, 1992, page 40-41:
"The FORMAL CHRISTMAS MEDLEY...everything you ever wanted to hear in a Christmas medley and then some. ...seasonal techniques as bell tones and chimes, cascading pyramids of descending eighth note runs, and the piccolo trumpet...
- Bruce Chidester, School of Music, University of Northern Iowa
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TRP-022 Four Brothers [6] Giuffre, J. (Olcott)

Four Brothers

Composer: Giuffre, Jimmy Peter
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Accompaniment: Piano, bass, and drums
Key: Db Major concert
Duration: 6 minutes
Difficulty: 6
With piano, bass, and drums. An adoption and expansion of this famous bebop tune. Features two groups of 4 B-flat trumpets each. Standard jazz harmonies with lots of interaction between players and groups of players. Excellent lines. Solo space. Reviewed in the IAJE Journal (September, 1991).
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TRP-013 Here's That Rainy Day [3] Van Heusen, J. (Olcott)

Here's That Rainy Day

Composer: Van Heusen, Jimmy
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 1 minute and 45 seconds
Difficulty: 3
Simple yet very effective arrangement akin to Dee Barton's famous arrangement for the Kenton band. Slow all the way, the piece is thick and lush. There is a little solo space at the very end of the piece. Great change-of-pace on any concert.
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TRP-083 Intrada Dramatica [5] Price, J.

Composer: Price, Joseph D.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: Bb Major concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 11 seconds
Difficulty: 5
A rather striking and very dramatic work for eight trumpets (also written for five trumpets - see Five Trumpets in this catalogue). This piece has a great deal of rhythmic and melodic counterpoint in very dramatic and harmonically fascinating ways. The juxtaposition of some melodic and expressive content add to the intriguing and exciting aspects of this piece. Intrada Dramatic has a decided "wow" factor without being overly difficult. It can be used as an extremely impressive opener or for a very special one-piece occasion. (Recorded by Tromba Mundi).
ITG Journal, October 2008, page 88:
"...a piece that lives up to its title....(Entrada Dramatica) is a remarkable, well written work that is sure to become a standard in the trumpet ensemble literature."
- James Ackley, University of South Carolina School of Music
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TRP-163 Kentucky [6] Marshall, C.

Composer: Marshall, Christopher
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: C Major concert
Duration: 5 minutes and 7 seconds
Difficulty: 6
Two groups of four B-flat trumpets each joust with each other in this lighthearted yet challenging work with short phrases, clever rhythmic juxtapositions and interesting thematic development. Fun for both player and audience. A great contrast to "loud and heavy."
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TRP-031 March from Judas Maccabeus [4] Handel, G. (Olcott)

March from Judas Maccabeus

Composer: Handel, George Frideric
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: G Major concert
Duration: 1 minute and 8 seconds
Difficulty: 4
No. 44: Marsch. Two antiphonal choirs of four B-flat trumpets each. Very martial in style. A certain pompose feel. This work is better for use at events rather than for concert purposes, and is stylistically excellent for such things. Excellent Baroque literature. Easy to put together, too. Take a listen...
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TRP-060 Octet for Trumpets [4] Uber, D.

Composer: Uber, David A.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: Bb concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 20 seconds
Difficulty: 4
Moderato, allegro brilliante, moderato. Very pretty espressivo sections. The piece is very accessible for moderate to good high school players, and is colorful and fun to play. Good rhythmic intensity, short spurts of double tonguing here and some fun flexibility challenges.
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TRP-119 Pieces of Eight [6] Price, W.

Composer: Price, William
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: Bb concert
Duration: 6 minutes and 1 seconds
Difficulty: 6
Dedicated to Marc Reed and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Trumpet Ensemble, Pieces of Eight begins with a lush, contrapuntal chorale, which returns as a varied refrain in the faster, rhythmically playful second section. Featuring numerous changes of mood, timbre, and texture, this challenging and exciting work builds to a rousing climax and will be a great way to end any concert.
ITG Journal, June 2014, page 95:
"...a beautifully crafted lyrical introduction with long, flowing, song-like phrases and a faster, playful, syncopated section, reminiscent of the music of Anthony Plog...Pieces of Eight would be a welcome addition to any trumpet ensemble or studio recital program."
- Benjamin Fairfield
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TRP-157 Salute! [5] Olcott, J.

Composer: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: various
Duration: 3 minutes and 20 seconds
Difficulty: 5
A medley of the hymns for each of the US Armed Services (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard). Written for piccolo trumpet in B-flat, five B-flat trumpets, and two flugelhorns. Graded a '6' because of the piccolo part. With that part taken down one octave, the grade would be a '4'. NOTE: to view the video full screen, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
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TRP-121 Shades of Red [7] Jaquith, A.

Composer: Jaquith, Austin K.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: A Minor concert
Duration: 8 minutes and 10 seconds
Difficulty: 7
For four C trumpets and four B-flats, with the first C part doubling on piccolo trumpet in A. Very colorful. Lots of interwining and fugal-like interplay. The piece, in two sections, is a poetic interpretation of the nautical wisdom Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning; Red sky at night, sailors delight. A major work interesting to listen to and play. The recording is by members of Cedarville University (Ohio) Trumpet Ensemble and guests under the direction of Charles Pagnard.
ITG Journal, June 2014, page 94:
"In the hands of an experienced ensemble, Shades of Red is a very effective and exciting piece and is a welcome addition to the trumpet ensemble repertoire."
- James Zingara
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TRP-068 Sonoran Desert Harmonies [6] Ewazen, E.

Composer: Ewazen, Eric
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: A Minor concert
Duration: 4 minutes
Difficulty: 6
Harmonies, rhythms, and interplay that we have come to expect from Ewazen's innovative writing. Several distinct rhythmic and melodic themes give everyone a workout in a new way. Great fun
ITG Journal, January 2005, page 64:
This work represents another great contribution for the trumpet ensemble repertoire by Ewazen. Sonoran Desert Harmoniesis valuable not only as a piece of music for performance but as a vehicle for teaching chamber music techniques, blend, and intonation. The moderate technical demands allow performances by less advanced college-level groups, and the work’s musical subtleties and the importance of all parts will appeal to the performers.
- James Zingara, Troy State University
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TRP-050 Symphony from The Fairy Queen, Act IV [5] Purcell, H. (Olcott)

Composer: Purcell, Henry
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: D concert
Duration: 6 minutes
Difficulty: 5
Timpani optional. Three movements: Maestoso; Largo; Allegro. Very colorful with lots of interplay, interests and challenges for all. Carefully edited to help with proper style and interpretation. Great for teaching the art of ensemble playing. Idiomatic and fun to play. Good program material. Click the microphone for a recording of movements one and two of this piece. Note: This arrangement can be played on Bb or C trumpets. If on Bb's (do not transpose), the timpani must change the written notes from D to C and from A to G. The performance of this piece down a whole step from the original key (D major) will allow for greater accessibility for less experienced performers. The recording here is done on Bb trumpet and reflects the lower key. FURTHER NOTE: to view the video full screen to better see the music, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
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TRP-072 Tribute [8] Needham, C.

Composer: Needham, Clint
Number of Trumpets: 8
Key: C Major concert
Duration: 6 minutes and 45 seconds
Difficulty: 8
Dedicated to James Darling of Baldwin-Wallace College, this four-section piece hosts lots of innovative compostiional techniques (see example) that create lots of energy and excitement. Teams of trumpets work on top of others both in slow and fast sections. Very fresh writing. Some tricky counting. An excellent and exciting piece.
ITG Journal, October 2008, page 88:
"...a very effective piece...well worth the effort required for performance."
- James Zingara, Troy State University, Troy, Alabama, USA
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