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Mitch Sims (2006). Two Recitals: “Composers of the Twenieth Century and Beyond” and “Three Centuries of Trumpet Music” As part of a joint project with Victoria Opthof and Gina Watzka, I performed four trumpet compositions of the twentieth century at the Campus Hall Performance Center on April 8, 2006. In preparation for this performance I analyzed each work’s form, technique and style. The opening selection, the first movement of theConcerto for Trumpet and Bassoon by Paul Hindemith, was composed in the U.S. during the 1950s; it is in a neo-Classical style and is one of very few works for that combination of instruments. “Bugler’s Holiday” by American composer Leroy Anderson, performed in an arrangement for three trumpets and piano, is a lighter semi-popular work also from the 1950s. The Concerto for Trumpet by the Armenian composer Aleksandr Grigori Arutiunian represents a Soviet neo-classical style of the postwar period. I closed with the premiere of Wagner College professor Robert Delfausse’s Sundry Quartet. Inspired by jazz and Broadway musicals, the work is named for its odd instrumentation: trumpet, horn, trombone, and bassoon. In addition, in connection with a second recital comprising baroque trumpet works, I carried out research on trumpet organology and issues of historical performance practice, investigating eighteenth-century trumpet and woodwind treatises by Altenburg, Hotteterre and Quantz. From these sources I learned about tempo, tuning, and woodwind and brass articulation, which I applied in works performed on my second recital. Click here to hear the opening of the concerto by Arutinian, performed with pianist Kathryn Boyd.

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