GRAMERCY CORNET ALBUM - Solo with Piano, SOLOS - B♭. Cornet/Trumpet with Piano, NEW & RECENT Publications

GRAMERCY CORNET ALBUM - Solo with Piano, SOLOS - B♭. Cornet/Trumpet with Piano, NEW & RECENT Publications
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Published 11th November 2020
Cat No. JM105547
Price £24.95
Composer: Peter Graham
Categories: SOLOS - B♭. Cornet/Trumpet with Piano, NEW & RECENT Publications

Gramercy Cornet Album
I am delighted to present this collection of solos for Cornet, part of a series of albums planned for brass instruments including Euphonium, Trombone and Tenor Horn. The contents are for advanced (and in some cases virtuoso) players in mind and although designated as a Cornet Album the titles within are (mostly) equally suitable for Trumpet.
Cossack Fire Dance is the central movement of Call of the Cossacks, a suite originally written for the Black Dyke Brass Band. Based on the folk song Mazeltov the music brings to mind part of the Cossack wedding ceremony where, following a Klezmer style clarinet call, each guest around the camp fire comes forward in turn to offer congratulations.
The multiple instrumentalists of the original have been supplanted by a single "guest" whose increasingly attention seeking behaviour includes quoting from a number of popular musical display pieces...
The idea of creating this solo version came from Florida-based Trumpeter Thomas Macklin.
Resurrection is a Rhapsody for Trumpet (or Cornet) which takes as its model composer Ray Steadman—Allen's classic solo Rhapsody on Negro Spirituals. Like Steadman-Allen's work, Resurrection is based upon two spirituals, in this case He Never Said a MumbIin' Word and The Angels Rolled the Stone Away.
Resurrection was written at the request of Chicago-based Mark Ridenour.
The French flautist Eugene Damaré was a prolific composer of virtuoso showpieces for his instrument. Two of the best known, Cleopatra and Pandora were adapted for cornet (possibly by William Rimmer) and are well established in the repertoire. Both became signature pieces for the famous Black Dyke Mills Band Principal Cornet player, james Shepherd, who held the position for over a decade into the early l970s. This work is an adaptation of Eugene Damare's polka Le Merle Blanc (Op. l6l) and also incorporates an original slow introduction together with other stylistically period-appropriate material.
Damaré was written for Black Dyke's current Principal Cornetist Richard Marshall.
Harry James made his Paramount Theater (NYC) debut with Benny Goodman's band in I937 and by all accounts took the venue by storm. His characteristic jazz and classical crossover adaptations (incorporating virtuoso cornet solo techniques he acquired in his youth) captured the imagination of the public (and Hollywood). quickly propelling him to household fame. Paramount Rhapsody pays tribute to this legendary performer. The music roughly follows the Harry James Trumpet Concerto in form, the content incorporating the popular classic In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.
Paramount Rhapsody was written for and recorded by Philip Cobb on the Naxos album Metropolis I927.
Peter Graham

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