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Battle concerto : for Bb piccolo trumpet, Bb jazz trumpet, strings and timpani

by David Stanhope (2005)

Battle concerto


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Battle concerto : Bb piccolo trumpet, Bb jazz trumpet, strings and timpani / David Stanhope.

Library shelf no. 784.72892/STA 1 [Available for loan]

Battle concerto

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Work Overview

The first movement, Capriccio, begins as a imitation baroque concerto for high trumpet and strings, which the jazz trumpet interrupts with an offstage cadenza, and then attempts to join in. The movement contains another cadenza duel where the two soloists try to outdo each other in virtuosity. However, the movement ends with the jazz player showing he can play "straight" and the classical player shows he can "swing". The second movement, Blues, blends the two soloists styles in a mostly gentle manner somewhat reminiscent of Gershwin and Rachmaninoff. The final movement is a fast Tarantella, with the soloists playing together or in quick alternation. A quiet closing section leads to a brief coda.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: Piccolo trumpet, jazz trumpet, string orchestra (min. and timpani. Continuo (harpsichord) optional.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Very difficult solo parts and timpani part. String parts medium difficulty for professional players.

Contents note: Capriccio (7 mins) -- Blues (5 mins) -- Tarantella (6 mins).

Commission note: Commissioned by Jeffrey Crellin for performance by Monash Academy Orchestra, Geoffrey Payne, James Morrison.

First performance: by David Stanhope, Monash Academy Orchestra, James Morrison, Geoffrey Payne — 10 Oct 09. Blackwood Hall, Monash University VIC

The tarantella movement also forms the basis of the final bagatelle Whirlwind in a subsequent composition, Bagatelles.


Performances of this work

10 Oct 09: Blackwood Hall, Monash University VIC. Featuring David Stanhope, Monash Academy Orchestra, James Morrison, Geoffrey Payne.

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