Composer: Olcott, James L.
The CHARLIER COMPANION, essentially second trumpet parts to the 36 Etudes Transcendantes of Theo Charlier, evolved from many years of using etudes from the standard pedagogical literature with students and playing 'behind' them to help with conceptions of sound, style, pitch, tempo, and phrase. In my experience, it was quickly found that focus on technique quickly gave way to a much more musical experience.
These 36 etudes are fun, challenging, and satisfying by themselves, and can be played and studied as stand-alone works. They are most effective, however, when played as conceived: as duets to the 36 Etudes Transcendantes by Theo Charlier, published by Alphonse Leduc of Paris, France. Individuals may also perform and study these etudes along with the compact disc recording by David Baldwin of the Leduc publication, available through the International Trumpet Guild. Available in printed form only.
ITG Journal, January 2002, page 56:
"...a significant addition to the pedagogical repertoire for trumpet."
(As second trumpet parts to the original Charlier), "The Charlier Companion truly excels..."
"As stand-alone etudes, these studies are effective in preparing the student for the formidable challenges found in the Charlier."
"...excellent reading material, providing a wealth of intervallic, musical, and technical challenges."
"...a great resource of teaching, reading, and performance material...an important contribution to the trumpet repertoire and should become a staple of our music libraries."