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"Off The Lead" (Dillon & His Humans - Movement 3) - Jason Carr
02:05
Mark Harrison

"Off The Lead" (Dillon & His Humans - Movement 3) - Jason Carr

One day I woke up to a message from my good friend, Jason Carr, who said he had felt inspired to write me and my wife, Rhiannon, a duet! We were thrilled to receive such a lovely, personal gift, and even more delighted to discover it was influenced by our rescue dog, Dillon (Husky x Labrador) who we rescued back in January 2020, a few weeks after we'd got married! Thank you Jason for this piece, we hope we do it justice for you! The sheet music for the whole suite will be available for purchase soon at: www.MarkHarrisonTrumpet.com ---------------- Composer's note: Mr & Mrs H Walk The Dog In The Rain I met Mark Harrison in 2019 at Manchester’s bijou Hope Mill Theatre, where he was playing trumpet in my seven piece orchestration of Jerry Herman’s Mame. Mark not only plays fabulously, but also has a deep love of classic musicals, so we got on famously, and I was pleased to be able to plan a reunion for 2020 at the same address for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, this time also to feature Mark’s new wife Rhiannon on trombone. Alas, these plans were scuppered by the pandemic, but Mark proceeded to produce a sequence of videos of numbers from Cinderella, featuring my arrangements and the planned Hope Mill cast and band. By way of thanks - and as good mental exercise during quarantine - I thought I’d attempt composing a duet for the newlyweds. I remembered my first tasks as a student composer at Guildhall had been to write instrumental solos and duos (excluding polyphonic piano or harp etc), which had seemed an exactingly monastic proposition at the time. I hoped I would fare better 35 years later - I can at least say I felt less self-conscious! It was my intention to treat the two brass players even-handedly. In the end, the trombone took the lion share of The Ungrateful Riff, while the trumpet gets more of the jazzy tune. If I ever expand this into a suite, I’ll try to redress the balance. For the record, the title came AFTER the music - I just wanted to make it personal to Mark and Rhi, and including their new four-legged family member only seemed polite. In a slightly esoteric way, the title is my sly tribute to Bernstein’s Mr & Mrs Webb Say Goodnight. And now this introduction is much longer than the piece in question. Happy music-making! Jason Carr August 2020
"In The Bleak Midwinter" - Harold Darke
03:35
Mark Harrison

"In The Bleak Midwinter" - Harold Darke

Arrangement by Jason Carr for 12 Trumpets : 7 Bb Trumpets, 3 Piccolo Trumpets, 1 Cornet, 1 Flugelhorn ---------------- Most people are familiar with Gustav Holst's setting of this Christmas Carol, but not as many with the melody by Harold Darke. It's possibly my favourite carol, but there are so many to choose from! I was chatting with Jason one day, after he had just heard the BBC Trumpets performing virtually on Radio 3, España Cañí, and I asked him if he'd ever written for trumpet ensemble. Next thing I know, my email pings with a brand new arrangement! It morphs through a couple of different sections, utilising the Cornet and Flugelhorn as soloists in the slow passages, with weaving muted trumpets evolving the atmosphere with their chromatic lines. The middle section has the main driving motif pushing the music forward, with the melody being passed around in a cascading hemiola. After one more stint of putting the brakes on and basking in the beauty that is the music by Harold Darke, the driving section takes us to the end, this time with added piccolo trumpet flourishes. When I asked Jason where he got his ideas from, he said that "Probably the Rite of Spring and Burt Bacharach jostling for attention" Hope you enjoy this new and exciting arrangement of "In The Bleak Mid Winter" by Harold Darke by Jason Carr! Merry Christmas! ---------------- JASON CARR: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5qKzw5j5op3Ki904vvbyDg Twitter: @JasonShowTunes AUDIO ENGINEERING by Jonny Brierley Twitter: @JonnyWB ---------------- Performed on: Bb trumpet (Yamaha Xeno 25th Anniversary model) Piccolo Trumpet (Schilke P5-4) Flugelhorn (Yamaha Maestro) Cornet (Getzen Eterna) Audio recorded using Cascade Fathead Ribbon Video recorded with LUMIX FZ330 And yes, I'm still learning how to use all of this equipment...hopefully I'll get better soon! ---------------- www.MarkHarrisonTrumpet.com markharrisontrumpet@gmail.com Twitter: @TrumpetMark
"Chocolate con Churros" from Salsa Al Sol - Jason Carr
02:43
Mark Harrison

"Chocolate con Churros" from Salsa Al Sol - Jason Carr

Jason sent me a message a few weeks back suggesting that a recent composition of his might suit the trumpet, so I decided to record some of it! Here's what Jason has to say about the work: ---------------- SALSA AL SOL Suite for Flute & Piano by JASON CARR I Cocolate con Churros II Sangría y Sol III Tacos y Tequila The pandemic of 2020 left musicians and theatre practitioners with very empty diaries so, as well as finishing the preparations for the publication of my flute duets A Little Book of British Birds for Wonderful Winds, I also used the time to produce This House of York (Suite on Yorkshire Folk Songs) for flute and piano, and a subsequent version for Wind Quintet. As the strange times continued through the summer, we found ourselves in a blistering heatwave and, with my brain still in woodwind mode, I had the notion of a second, very different suite for flute and piano. The raw material was three songs I wrote for assorted theatrical productions. As the lyrics were no longer part of the scheme, it seemed sensible to ditch the original titles and let the music speak for itself. The Latin rhythms seemed to demand Spanish names, and musicians do love eating and drinking, so I decided on Chocolate Con Churros to fuel a morning’s work, followed by cooling Sangría and a Siesta to revitalise you before the night’s dancing, Tacos y Tequila! Thanks as ever to Mel Orriss for her brilliant editing and enthusiasm. I hope the music inspire your hips and feet to try the Salsa! ---------------- Should you wish to purchase a copy of the music, you can either head to Wonderful Winds for the flute version, or message myself or Jason for the Trumpet dots! Let me know if you'd like me to record the remaining movements! Thanks for watching! ---------------- SUBSCRIBE TO JASON: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5qKzw5j5op3Ki904vvbyDg Twitter: @JasonShowTunes MUSIC PUBLISHING AT WONDERFUL WINDS: https://www.wonderfulwinds.com/ AUDIO ENGINEERING by Jonny Brierley Twitter: @JonnyWB Performed on C trumpet (Yamaha YTR9445CH Xeno Artist) Audio recorded using Cascade Fathead Ribbon and Focusrite 2i2 (but not the piano...) Video recorded with LUMIX FZ330 And yes, I'm still learning how to use all of this equipment...so sorry it's not good yet! ---------------- www.MarkHarrisonTrumpet.com markharrisontrumpet@gmail.com
"Mr and Mrs H Walk The Dog In The Rain" (Dillon & His Humans - Movement 1) - Jason Carr
02:11
Mark Harrison

"Mr and Mrs H Walk The Dog In The Rain" (Dillon & His Humans - Movement 1) - Jason Carr

One day I woke up to a message from my good friend, Jason Carr, who said he had felt inspired to write me and my wife, Rhiannon, a duet! We were thrilled to receive such a lovely, personal gift, and even more delighted to discover it was influenced by our rescue dog, Dillon (Husky x Labrador) who we rescued back in January, a few weeks after we'd got married! Thank you Jason for this piece, we hope we do it justice for you! The sheet music is available for purchase by emailing me at MarkHarrisonTrumpet@gmail.com and very soon at www.MarkHarrisonTrumpet.com (when my website gets sorted...) For a limited time, all proceeds from purchase will be donated to Dogs Trust, as that's where we rescued our little bundle of joy from! Rhi and I hope you enjoy! ---------------- Composer's note: Mr & Mrs H Walk The Dog In The Rain I met Mark Harrison in 2019 at Manchester’s bijou Hope Mill Theatre, where he was playing trumpet in my seven piece orchestration of Jerry Herman’s Mame. Mark not only plays fabulously, but also has a deep love of classic musicals, so we got on famously, and I was pleased to be able to plan a reunion for 2020 at the same address for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, this time also to feature Mark’s new wife Rhiannon on trombone. Alas, these plans were scuppered by the pandemic, but Mark proceeded to produce a sequence of videos of numbers from Cinderella, featuring my arrangements and the planned Hope Mill cast and band. By way of thanks - and as good mental exercise during quarantine - I thought I’d attempt composing a duet for the newlyweds. I remembered my first tasks as a student composer at Guildhall had been to write instrumental solos and duos (excluding polyphonic piano or harp etc), which had seemed an exactingly monastic proposition at the time. I hoped I would fare better 35 years later - I can at least say I felt less self-conscious! It was my intention to treat the two brass players even-handedly. In the end, the trombone took the lion share of The Ungrateful Riff, while the trumpet gets more of the jazzy tune. If I ever expand this into a suite, I’ll try to redress the balance. For the record, the title came AFTER the music - I just wanted to make it personal to Mark and Rhi, and including their new four-legged family member only seemed polite. In a slightly esoteric way, the title is my sly tribute to Bernstein’s Mr & Mrs Webb Say Goodnight. And now this introduction is much longer than the piece in question. Happy music-making! Jason Carr August 2020 ---------------- Thanks to Jonathan Brierley for the help with audio editing, and Karl Whelan for the score preparation
"A Musical Snuffbox" - Anatoly Liadow Op. 32
03:06
Mark Harrison

"A Musical Snuffbox" - Anatoly Liadow Op. 32

"A Musical Snuffbox" is a little ditty by Russian Composer, Anatoly Liadov (1855-1914) and has been arranged here for 8 Trumpets and Glockenspiel by Jim Davies (JD Music Scoring) www.jimdaviestpt.com For anyone curious, I'm performing on C trumpet (Yamaha Xeno) for parts 3 to 8, and the two piccolo parts on a G piccolo (Bach 311) (The original parts are marked for 2 A piccolos, and 6 Bb Trumpets) -------- Strongly rooted in the European romantic tradition (and notoriously dismissive of anything remotely musically progressive), Liadov could write both atmospherically and imaginatively. He was, however, plagued by career-long self-doubt and procrastination. His commission to write the music for Diaghilev’s new ballet The Firebird was famously withdrawn when, as the rehearsal dates approached, he admitted that he hadn’t even begun work on the score. Diaghilev turned, instead, to the relative newcomer, Igor Stravinsky – changing musical history forever! The Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32, is one of his best known works and a superb example of a piano miniature – arguably what Liadov did best. An early 20th century edition of the music offers a delightful description on the subject matter of the piece, saying, “In the days of our great-grandparents when the taking of snuff was considered a refined habit, clever workmen exercised their ingenuity by combining snuffboxes and music boxes, thus making useful toys for grown-ups”. How times change! Marked Automaticamente the music most convincingly emulates the mechanical music box sound – both in the original piano version and in Liadov’s later superb orchestration. Thanks to Jonny Brierley for help with the audio editing again!