Battle concerto : for Bb piccolo trumpet, Bb jazz trumpet, strings and timpani
by David Stanhope (2005)
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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.
Instrumentation: Piccolo trumpet, jazz trumpet, string orchestra (min. 22.214.171.124.1) 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).
The tarantella movement also forms the basis of the final bagatelle Whirlwind in a subsequent composition, Bagatelles.
- In the form/style of: Concertos
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