Repertoire: Some Suggested Easy Pieces

There are thousands–tens of thousands–of trumpet pieces available today. It would be very difficult to have a comprehensive knowledge of all of them. Nevertheless, I thought I would list a few of my favorite “easy” pieces. These pieces will challenge young trumpeters who have studied consistently for 3 to 5 years. Many of these pieces can ease the difficulty of a more difficult recital program. I think all of them have some artistic merit. I have tried to find videos for each piece that I have included. Some of the videos have young trumpeters playing, but others feature great artists who enjoy playing a tuneful piece.


Telemann, Air de Trompette

Here is a wonderful video of Rick Murrell playing this piece on natural (coiled) trumpet, but it is playable on regular B-flat trumpet:


Short pieces:

Anderson, A Trumpeter’s Lullaby


Balay, Piece de concours


Barat, Fantaisie en Mi-flat


Bozza, Lied

Broughton, Oliver’s Birthday and Folksong


Bernstein, Rondo for Lifey


Ewazen, Ballade for a Ceremony


Goeyens, All ‘Antica (in a baroque style)


Hovhanness, Prayer of St. Gregory


Ravel, Piece en forme de Habanera


Reed, A., Ode for Trumpet


Ropartz, Andante et Allegro


Starer, Invocation


Thompson, Virgil, At the Beach

[audio:|titles=Virgil Thompson “At the Beach” performed by Hakan Hardenberger]


Kennan, Sonata (this piece perhaps is not an “easy” piece, but it is not impossible for a young trumpeter)


Cornet solos or encore pieces:

Llewellyn, My Regards


Goedicke, Concert Etude


A Clarke cornet solo, such as Maid of the Mist, Trixie Valse, Venus Waltz, or Victory


Simon, F., Willow Echoes



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