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-169Fanfare: Hosting at Dawn Bax, A. (Olcott)
Composer: Bax, Arnold
Arranger: Olcott, James L.
Number of Trumpets: 9
Key: Bb concert
Duration: 27 seconds
Written in 1921 for woodwinds, brass and percussion, this fanfare is one of many commissioned from several composers to celebrate the publication of the periodical Fanfare. Typical of British fanfares. Short, very stirring, and amazingly great for starting up the second half of a concert. THIS FANFARE IS A FREE ADDENDUM WITH THE PURCHASE OF ANY WORK IN THE TRIPLO PRESS PATRIOTIC SERIES or can be purchased from this page.
The virtual recording is by the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble of Minneapolis, Minnesota USA.
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 by the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble full screen, 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.
For seven B-flat trumpets and two flugelhorns. 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.
For one B-flat piccolo trumpet, eight B-flat trumpets and optional timpani. A highly rewarding, very exciting and complex piece that has lines flying and intertwining everywhere. Great for working on ensemble playing while playing independent lines. Style and understanding of Baroque phrasing is critical for successful performance. What a great piece (listen to the recording, especially on earphones or external speakers!).
A lively and fun march that owes its name due to its inspiration, namely the most standard work in the trumpet literature, the Trumpet Concerto in E-flat by Franz Joseph Haydn. Most every phrase and harmonic sequence is a direct descendant of some passage in the trumpet's most well-known solo composition.
ITG Journal, March 2019, page 99:
"James Olcott has been providing quality arrangements for trumpet ensemble for many years. With The Standard, however, Olcott contributes his own work in the form of a march for ten-piece trumpets ensemble (in B-flat) based on the most standard piece in our repertoireâ€”the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. Some passages are are cleverly subtle, as in the opening theme that incorporates quotations from the first and second movements. Others are much more obvious, as in the trio in which material from the third movement is prominently featured.
As a part of Triplo Press's Patriotic Series... "this enjoyable piece could be included in any patriotic or trumpet ensemble program with younger students or more accomplished players." This celebration of our instrument's most well-known work will delight any audience..."
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.
A fun medley of three tunes from the State of Texas: Yellow Rose of Texas, San Antonio Rose, and Deep in the Heart of Texas (with a sneak phrase of The Eyes of Texas are Upon You). Commissioned by ITG to open its 2018 international Conference in San Antonio, TX. Written for six B-flat trumpets and three flugelhorns.
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