Under Western Skies- 2 Trumpets and Piano (2014) / 2 Tpts + Wind Ensemble (2015)
2 Trumpets and Piano$25
• US - mailed sheet music
• Int'l - emailed as PDF
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2 Trumpets + Band$140
• Emailed as PDF
When New Mexico trumpeter John Marchinado contacted me about writing a duo trumpet/piano piece, my immediate thought was to do something with a western flavor. Before, and often during, my writing of this piece I poured over photographs of New Mexico’s high desert areas, many that really embody the classic notion we have of “the west” (see below). The first movement, Sundown, attempts to accompany a classic western sunset. The second movement, Sunup-High Noon, opens with muted trumpets heralding the morning light. Before long we’re off on the days adventure. The urgency of the mornings ride eventually slows as we ride into a ghost town and hear 12 ominous bell tolls signaling High Noon. The trumpets begin a duel in what is a tip of the hat to western master Ennio Morricone. After reaching it’s climax we’re off again to the rousing conclusion.
A big thanks to John and Brynn Marchinado for commissioning this work in it's original form for 2 trumpets and piano and to Richard Stoelzel for commissioning the adaptation for 2 trumpets and wind ensemble.
Duration: 10 - 11'
II. Sunup - High Noon
from the album Under Western Skies
Richard Stoelzel and Rex Richardson, trumpets
Grand Valley State Wind Ensemble
Graham Lowell, Conductor
"Under Western Skies is a super piece for two excellent trumpet musicians to undertake. I enjoyed the premiere performance at ITG so much! It is wonderful to get a piece that requires great expression of the players but does not overdo the physical trumpet demands. Bravo Kevin!"
• Vincent DiMartino
"Like his big hit Centennial Horizon, Under Western Skies is a gorgeous piece exemplifying Kevin's great gift for writing music that is powerfully evocative of a particular time, place, and/or genre. Kevin captures mood with great clarity, and his works are so imaginative that they positively transport his performers and audiences alike."