Triplo Press grades music based on four basic criteria:
demands of range
demands of technique and endurance
It can be assumed that, regardless of grade level, all works fit the mission and goals set forth by Triplo Press for publication.
Grade 1 Involves rudimentary levels in all four criteria. Rhythms do not progress beyond eighth notes, range reaches no higher than a g'' and technical and musical demands are minimal. Key signatures stay within two flats to two sharps.
Grade 2 Introduction of triplet figures, but still no faster than eighth notes. Range to an occasional b''. The use of any key. Varied (but clearly marked) articulations. Few technical demands. Musical demands are elementary.
Grade 3 In general, more musical awareness than Grade 2. Rhythmic complexity includes sixteenth notes. Range goes to an occasional c'''. Continued simplicity of arrangement and style, but musical content is on a more mature level, and, played well, are extremely effective. Most of the pieces written in the Cincinnati Herald Trumpet Ensemble series are in this category.
Grade 4 Advanced young students (usually ages 16-18). Rhythms mildly complex, with the introduction of simple mixing of meters. Range utilizes c''' on a regular basis. Average technical demands, including same-note multiple tonguing. The player's understanding of musical and stylistic concepts become more important to rehearsal ease and success of performance.
Grade 5 Continued sophistication of style and demands. Full sounding ensemble writing. Increased complexity of rhythms and mixed meter and time signatures. Range demands are routinely to c'''. Multiple tonguing and relatively complex technical demands. Endurance and power demands increase. Serious young performers at the collegiate level can handle this level.
Grade 6 This is the level that most accomplished collegiate players and professional performers find most befitting. Without extreme technical demands, but with definite challenges. Range goes to e'''. Sophisticated musical demands. The use of smaller trumpets within the ensemble is common. The knowledge of style is extremely important to the success of these works.
Grade 7 Still more sophistication. Strong collegiate or beyond. Higher level in sensitivity of ensemble and complexity within the composition. Endurance is also a factor.
Grade 8 Very strong demands at every level. Complex rhythms and time signatures. Technique and range are musical considerations which do not take the level of the performer into consideration. Very challenging material.
The original (for 3 trumpets) arranged for three groups of 3 players each, with interchanging phrases between the groups. Can be done with the three groups set antiphonally. The arrangement requires piano accompaniment (not included with this publication) which is the same as the original publication for 3 trumpets and piano. This publication presumes that the buyer already has or will have the original Belwin publication in hand.
TRP-025Final Hymn from Firebird Stravinsky, I. (Olcott)
Composer: Stravinsky, Igor Fyodorovich
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 10
Key: Bb concert
Duration: 2 minutes and 45 seconds
With organ. Two antiphonal groups of 5 B-flat trumpets each. Very easy trumpet parts. Strong and majestic. Incredible in the church setting. The tonal center has been changed to B-flat to facilitate accessibility and ease of performance.
TRP-078Hallelujah from Messiah Handel, G. (Ford)
Composer: Handel, George Frideric
Arranger: Ford, Barry
Number of Trumpets: 10
Key: Bb concert
Duration: 3 minutes and 45 seconds
A superb realization of this perpetual standard. Organized in three groups of trumpets, one of two, and two of four. Transposed to B-flat for easier accessibility. Optional timpani part included. NOTE: to view the video full screen to better see the music, click on the lower right hand corner of the video.
ITG Journal, March 2010, page 77:
...a very valuable piece to own. ...a welcomed work for trumpet ensembles. Very popular for audiences everywhere, trumpeters are fortunate to have this piece now for our instrument. With relatively little rehearsal time or preparation, the adaptation may be received with thunderous acclamation.
An easy, very melodic setting with colorful use of chords and voicings. A very popular arrangement.
ITG Journal, December, 1990, page 27:
"...A colorful, lush setting with contrasts of texture and modulations that keep the (tune) fresh and energetic."
"...extremely attractive and useful, requiring a minimum of rehearsal time."
(Olcott) demonstrates his usual expert arranging skill in providing as much variety and melodic interest as possible in the inner parts while rotating the melody among the players."
- Steven Winick, School of Music, Georgia State University
9 B-flat trumpets, 2 baritones, two bass trumpets (trombones can substitute) and timpani. The original fanfare with the final seven measures of the Sinfonietta added at the end for a more fulfilling and exuberant finish.
The Standard is titled as it is due to its inspiration, namely that most standard work in the trumpet literature, the Trumpet Concerto in E-flat by Franz Josef Haydn. Written for 10 B-flat trumpets and set in 6/8, this medium-up tempo march has a great march feel while using Haydn's melodic and harmonic content throughout in Interesting, creative, and surprising ways. Note: This piece will be performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania in May 2017, and will be officially published at that time.
TRP-150Trumpets Olcott, J.
Composer: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 10
Key: F concert
Duration: 2 minutes and 37 seconds
An original medium tempo concert march in 6/8 in the style of Sousa. Arpeggiated duets in the B and C sections of the work highlight the "trumpet" aspect of the piece, and it is a great deal of fun to play and listen to. For clearest effect, flugelhorns are suggested for parts nine and ten, and an E-flat trumpet is preferred over a B-flat trumpet or B-flat piccolo trumpet for part five so as to help blend and balance. An alternate part for E-flat trumpet is provided in this publication for part five. "Trumpets" is the first original work written specifically for trumpet ensemble in the traditional march style, and was penned for and premiered by the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA to high enthusiasm.
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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