Songs arranged for Trumpet & Piano

In recent years, it has become increasingly fashionable for trumpeters to perform songs originally written for voice and piano, often as a means of supplementing the paucity of repertoire for the instrument, particularly from the Romantic period. The Vocalise series aims to augment and enhance this burgeoning tradition.

Vocalise études became common during the 19th century when vocal ‘exercises’ were set to piano accompaniment – based on the assumption that singers would execute them more musically with the addition of harmony. Several notable composers wrote such studies, which are now viewed as genuine musical works in their own right. Due to the omission of any text, the process of transcribing these pieces for trumpet is relatively straightforward, and as such they emerged as an obvious starting point for this series.