Slurs in real music

I’ve been getting ready for a –but in this pandemic, it will not be a live recital. Just -recorded. Nevertheless, I have to prepare. Here is a video clip of me working on the first movement of J.S. ’s Suite No. 1 (arranged by Ralph Sauer and now conveniently in concert B-flat!). From a perspective, the suites provide a wonderful opportunity to play lots of .

The Praeludium:

The best consolation–music of Adolphus Hailstork

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and this great man said, “Music is the best consolation for a despaired man.”

There are not many classical composers. And of those who wrote for the , very few. I am familiar with the great Ulysses Kay, who wrote Tromba for trumpet and piano and Three Fanfares for Four Trumpets. There is also Frederick C. Tillis, who wrote a piece for piccolo trumpet and piano called Spiritual Fantasy. The amazing contemporary black , Tyshawn Sorey, has written an unaccompanied trumpet piece called “For Peter Evans (Apologies for the Brevity).”

American composer, Adolphus Hailstork

But as far as I am aware, the most prolific African-American composer for the trumpet is Adolphus Hailstork. He wrote Concertino for trumpet, Four Hymns without Words, Sonata for Trumpet all for trumpet and piano. Also, he wrote a brass quartet, Bagatelles for Brass, and a brass trio, Ghosts in Grey and Blue.

He also wrote a wonderful unaccompanied piece called Variations for Trumpet. I learned about this piece and most of the others mentioned on this post by the great Howard University trumpet teacher and jazz band director, Fred Irby, III. I did a live of this piece today. I think you’ll agree that this piece, while challenging for the trumpeter, can be a great consolation to perform.