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I am arranging some of my piano music for piano and trumpet, and am not sure about one passage being idiomatic for the trumpet. Could anyone have a look at this screenshot and give me some advise?

If it's not very trumpet idiomatic, I could instead write repeated 16th same pitch notes or switch the piano and trumpet part. 

Thanks!

best wishes,

André

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What's the tempo, and how good is your trumpet player?

Quarter note = 124 bpm. It is for a publisher I am arranging it, so I don't have a player right now, but it's focused towards  advanced players.  

This is a tricky one, my friend. Is it playable? Yes but could come off awkward because of the fast, large leaps. The passage reminds me more of some of my etudes instead of repertoire. If I didn't know you were writing a trumpet part, I would've guess that the part was for piano or maybe even strings. If I was searching for recital music I probably would not pick it. Now, I do write some incredibly hard trumpet music, writing a concerto right now, but most of the fast articulated passages are smaller leaps, scale like, or arpegios.I would not simply write the same 16th note over and over again unless this piece needed a machine gun. It would come across as unmusical and cheesy. Trust me, I've tried it before, lol.

Thanks for the advice Rodney and Bob. I adjusted the parts and gave the 16th to the piano and an 8th notes outline to the trumpet. Could the high a flat be a problem? I always try to keep it not higher than g5, but it would break up the phrase very awkwardly. The a flat is on a ff, so maybe that would make OK? 

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My pleasure, range is and isn't the issue. An 11th grader should be able to play a high concert Bb, but what makes it difficult is the quick tempo where you have 8va leaps in 16th notes. I like how Bob said it. Please take a look at a passage that I am currently working on: https://app.box.com/s/96igxxchcj0s0g3izknzgqz210m26n90 It's skill level is around Trumpet Performance Major in college because of the multiple tongue passages, but it is still playable because the intervals between the notes are not awkward. If I simply changed the sextuplets and double tongued 32's into regular 16ths at BPM =100, then a high school student in 11th grade could perform this short 12 tone fanfare also. Here's the sound: https://soundcloud.com/rodney-money-1/possible-fanfare-for-trumpet-...

I took out all the 16th notes and gave them to the piano (see last post's screenshot). Or do you mean the ones in bars 68 and 71? I notices that in your example there aren't really visible written rests for breathing, maybe I am overdoing that in my music, I am sure the player is able to find the spots he need at the end of a phrase. 

I was just giving you some more details in why your original did not quite work for trumpet, because you asked about "Could the high a flat be a problem?" I always use breath marks for musical effects when I want silence, not for "courtesy markings." My selection is only 30 seconds long also. If a trumpet player cannot play straight for 30 seconds, he needs to have his lungs checked, lol. We wind players tend to know where to breathe.

Good to know :) 30 seconds looks like a good guideline, Rodney. Thanks!

Rodney Carlyle Money said:

I was just giving you some more details in why your original did not quite work for trumpet, because you asked about "Could the high a flat be a problem?" I always use breath marks for musical effects when I want silence, not for "courtesy markings." My selection is only 30 seconds long also. If a trumpet player cannot play straight for 30 seconds, he needs to have his lungs checked, lol. We wind players tend to know where to breathe.

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