• Matheson - Two Songs for Solo Trumpet

Matheson - Two Songs for Solo Trumpet

Composer: Matheson

Arranger: Matheson

$20.00 USD



Two Songs for Solo Trumpet by Alan Matheson are tributes to great jazz artists who are inspirations to him; Bix Beiderbecke and Woody Shaw. Here is a summary of the composer's own words about these two outstanding movements:

The first song For Bix Beiderbecke is a blues-based, elegiac salute to one of the first lyrical jazz brass players who also created a unique musical language in his short life by combining his love of jazz (especially that of Louis Armstrong) with his interest in the music of the Impressionists such as Debussy and Ravel. 

The second song For Woody Shaw pays a tribute to one of the masters of modern-jazz playing. In his compositions and improvisations, Shaw was very fond of using large intervals (such as minor and major 7ths) along with melodic lines based on the perfect 4th. I have included this sound in the melodic lines of this movement along with some "hybrid" scales to reflect Woody Shaw's harmonic adventurousness.

These two songs total about 5 minutes in length and are appropriate for advanced performers.

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