Dillon and his Humans
by Jason Carr
Suite for Trumpet and Trombone
Duration: c. 6 minutes
I: Mr & Mrs H Walk the Dog in the Rain
II: Dillon's Prowl
III: Off the Lead
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!
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 to the first movement is my sly tribute to Bernstein’s Mr & Mrs Webb Say Goodnight.
And now this introduction is much longer than the piece in question.
Trumpet in Bb Part
Trombone in C Part
Trumpet in C Part
Trombone in Bb Part
50% of all profits from the sale of "Dillon and His Humans" will go to Dogs Trust, as Dillon is a Dogs Trust dog!