60 Trumpet Crab Canon

Dedication: James Barnes

Recording Reference: Celebrations

The Trumpet Crab Cannon was my first time writing this way. It’s an old composition technique where one trumpet player reads the music forward while the other trumpet player reads the music backward. This kind of music writing poses certain challenges that you don’t see in normal, every day writing.

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Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 60

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 60

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35 Reverent Spider

Dedication: Matt Smith

Recording Reference: Celebrations

The Reverent Spider duet is one of the easiest spider duets in the Celebrations trumpet duet book. Spider Duets are based on a harmonic language I invented in the mid 1980’s. There are a number of spider compositions in the Celebrations book.

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Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 35

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 35

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80 Ebb and Flow

Dedication: George Chase

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Ebb and Flow is a diatonic duet, which means that there are no accidentals. The entire duet is in the key of E flat (three flats). I call these Tonalization Duets because I believe that spending time in one key, with no other notes as distractions, helps us learn how to think in that key. All of the Tonalization duets are meant to be used that way, to help the students learn to think in the different keys, as if they were speaking that key as a language.

The idea of writing tonalization duets is a simple one. Write only in the key, no accidentals. That’s the easy part. Making it sound interesting…not as easy. But learning to create within boundaries is how we find our freedom. Boundaries create an environment where creativity is unleashed. Ironic, right? Some of the most interesting trumpet duets in the Celebrations book are the diatonic, Tonalization duets.

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Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 80

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 80

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29 Dorian Dance

Dedication: Milton Cousins

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Dorian Dance is an educational duet meant to help the students learn to play in 3/8 time signature. When I use this duet in the lessons, I take the opportunity to teach the students what modes are.

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Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 29

Celebrations Trumpet Duet Number 29

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98 At Sea With Me

98 At Sea With Me

Dedication:

Recording Reference: Celebrations

At Sea with Me is one of the most difficult trumpet duets in the Celebrations book. It is based on the augmented scale with awkward rhythms over a 5/4 meter.

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77 It’s a Jivin’ Cingularity

77 It’s a Jivin’ Cingularity

Dedication: Calvin Owens

Recording Reference: Trumpet Quasi Master, Celebrations

I wrote this duet to commemorate my friendship with blues trumpet legend, Calvin Owens. Calvin has since passed away, but he made a great impact on my life.

It’s a Jivin’ Cingularity is a swing duet with a funky groove.

 

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27 Maiden Dance

27 Maiden Dance

Dedication:

Recording Reference: Celebrations

Maiden Dance is an intermediate duet meant to teach students how to play in 3/8 meter.

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