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Intermediate Serial Studies for Trumpet

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By Charles Decker

Trumpet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Charles Decker. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Method, Etudes and Exercises, Technique Training. Individual Part. 23 pages. Published by Charles Decker Music Press (S0.478473).

Item Number: S0.478473

Cited by the International Trumpet Guild Journal as "a great introduction to the world of atonal music," Intermediate Serial Studies for Trumpet bridges the gap between tonal music and more difficult atonal literature with 20 short twelve-tone studies set primarily in the middle and lower registers. Settings vary from lyrical to marcato and tempos range from adagio to allegro. Using serial twelve-tone technique, each study's tone row is used only in original and retrograde (reversed) forms. Interval review in the studies begins with seconds and gradually expands to focus on thirds, fourths, tritones, fifths, sixths and sevenths. While 14 different time signatures are presented, beat subdivisions are not complex to facilitate precise rhythmic execution. Atonal music need not be barren of musical expression as applying creative interpretation with technical accuracy can make the music vibrant and exciting.

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  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Mick Hesse
    New Mexico
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  • April 19, 2020 A Necessary Evil

    My first introduction to atonal music was back in 1966 when I was a trumpet student at Eastman School of Music. I joined the New Music Ensemble. It was an eyeopener! And a shock to play music that didn't have a tonal center that I could relate to. As...

    a professional player I have come to enjoy playing music by Charles Ives, Stockhausen and others who refused to "follow the rules" One thing that was missing in my education was a book like this. I have worked out of a similar but very difficult book by Verne Reynolds. Mr. Decker has chosen a more friendly and inviting approach to serial music with very worthwhile introductions to each series of notes used. Like it or not, modern trumpet players need to be familiar with this style of music writing so that come the day you're invited to play in a chamber ensemble that plays this style you won't be lost and/or intimidated. Do yourself a favor and get this gem of a book and get outside your comfort zone, prepare for your future.

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  • April 09, 2020 Intermediate Serial Studie for Trumpet

    “Charles Decker’s Intermediate Serial Studies are a great introduction to the world of atonal music.” International Trumpet Guild Journal “... an outstanding introduction to atonal music ... an excellent prelude to the more advanced books ... recommended for all trumpeters of moderate ability.” National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal...

    “This is a valuable contribution to the teaching of contemporary music.” Instrumentalist “... well conceived stylistically for the trumpet ... invaluable to the trumpet player who wishes to extend his or her musical conception into our contemporary era.” New York State School Music Association Journal

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