FISHER TULL (1934-1994): Concerto No. 2 for Trumpet and Band, Rhapsody for Trumpet and Band, BRETT WILLIAM DIETZ (b.1972): Redshift for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble (First Recording).
Catalogue Number: 09Q074
Reference: K 11201
Description: Tull's concerto was written for acclaimed trumpet soloist Doc Severinsen, and between this and the fact that the trumpet was the composer's own instrument, it is unsurprising that the work is an extravagantly virtuosic showpiece, full of demanding technical flourishes. But the work's harmonic sophistication and motivically cyclic form lend it an air of seriousness of purpose that elevates it above the genre of concertos for wind specialists. The Rhapsody is more modest in aim, alternating soaring lyricism and lively virtuosity. The Dietz is based on melodic cells that are augmented as the work progresses, mimicking the physical process observed in astronony that gives the work its title. That gives the work its structure; along the way it is a colorful orchestral tapestry with much use of a large percussion section, punctuated by three virtuosic cadenzas. Brian Shaw (trumpet), Dallas Wind Symphony; Jerry Junkin.