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Four Miniatures
By Joseph Turrin

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Trumpet and piano - Grade 4
Composed by Joseph Turrin (1947-). Contemporary. Composed 2000. Duration 9'. Editions BIM #TP211. Published by Editions BIM (ET.TP211).

Item Number: ET.TP211

ISBN 9790207022899.

4 Miniatures was commissioned in 2000 by Robert Sulivan (Associate Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic) for a CD entitled “Kaleidoscope on the Summit Record label (Summit 317). I wanted to write a collection of short movements all very distinct yet tied together in various ways.

The first movement Fanfare mixes the elements of a trumpet fanfare with a more lyrical quality. Haunting echo’s and short repeated musical phrases are interspersed throughout.
Intermezzo is a waltz with running eighth notes in the piano over which the trumpet sings a long sensual melody.
Canto is rather free in form with much dialogue between both instruments. There’s a lofty transparent quality in this movement that reminds me of the Chopin Nocturnes for piano.
Tarantella is a quick six-eight romp that passes ideas between the two players and brings the suite to a joyful conclusion.
Joseph Turrin, Nov. 2010, Clifton, USA.

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