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.
An excellent transcription of a beautiful, classic work for antiphonal brass. Two groups of four trumpets each in typical Gabrieli fashion with its contrapuntal lines and melodic independence. Really fun to play, and very effective, satisfying for both audience and player. Clearly edited for both articulation and phrasing. Easy range, going only to a'', and with the usual 3/2 sections.
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ITG Journal, October 2014, page 102:
"...This arrangement is particularly accessible to younger ensembles, including the high school level. Meticulous attention to detail in articulations and beaming are very helpful in style and phrasing...most effective when the trumpets are divided into two choirs of four players each."
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