The Cloths of Heaven
for SATB choir
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
Instrumentation: 2222/4231/timp, 2 perc, hp, solo tpt/strgs
Composition Date: 1993
Premiered: by David Hoyt and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Jens Lindemann soloist, on January 8 & 9, 1994 at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta.
Jens Lindemann and I have known each other since high school and this Concerto is a direct extension of that close friendship. This piece began as a Suite for Trumpet and Piano which Jens first performed during a faculty recital at the Alberta Summer Music Workshop in Camrose. After that performance we decided that the work should be expanded into a Sonata. Jens then began performing that version on various recitals and radio broadcasts. In 1993 he entered the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition performing what was now being called a "Concerto" for trumpet (the thought being, if he won the competition I would expand again). Jens won that competition and went on to premier the now Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra with the ESO in 1994.
The piece is in three movements. The first movement contains two themes: the first is classic trumpet - bold, strong, and declamatory and the second focuses on the more melodic side of the instrument, with a tango-like section in the middle for contrast. The second movement is mysterious and ethereal. The soloist is asked to use a harmon mute (without the stem) a sound made famous by Miles Davis. This movement allows the soloist the opportunity to show of the melodic side of the trumpet. The final movement is driving and rhythmic. A conversation is implied between soloist and piano - almost a question and answer dialogue. The end of the piece demonstrates the power and range of the instrument finishing on a high concert Db.