Not sure if I submitted this before. It's a light piece in the vein of Leroy Anderson I suppose.

Tonal. Uses the sample player's humanising lever to bring a trumpeter who hasn't quite made it yet. 

Any comments would be appreciated. However, it was finished some time ago and I doubt I'll do anything more to it. 

Trumpet Concerto131120 - 192.mp3

01 - Concertino for High Trumpet - Trumpet Concerto 3scoreprep.pdf

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  • Hi Dane - Never let a good tune die I say.  So yes you did submit this before:

    But we all liked it then and I'm sure we all like it now. Here's my response from the first time.

    "Dane I like what David said about the different types of light music and I agree that this is not superficial but rather very well crafted. I couldn't help but smile and also be impressed at your range when I remember the contrast to some of your 'heavier' works. And the references to Arthur Fiedler and Hanna-Barbera, the other type of light music I think, but still in the same vein, not easy to do.

    The writing and voicing for the trumpet was very convincing, I think even Jerry Gerber would be impressed! Oh well, too late for that I guess."

    If I had written something this enjoyable I'd submit it again too.



    Concertino for Piccolo Trumpet (3 mins 15 secs)
    Not sure if I submitted this already. Written last year and had enough time to ferment in my e-music fridge. More in line with Leroy Anderson than Vi…
  •  Hi Dane,

    A pleasant romp in a Penny-Lane-ish neoclassical style - thanks for posting!


  • Hi Dane,

    yep, you submitted this before and I'm still in love with it as much as I was back then (I had to download and study the score) :D

  • Thank you all for your most generous comments.

    As I suspected it's been here before.

    Ingo, Thank you for your kind comments and listening.  Have you a magic wand? I once asked how I retrieved a list of what I'd sibmitted but was told it's very difficult, strange as that may seem.  Since much of my stuff is just titled "For Orchetra" with a number suffix, I can't remember which ones I've submitted, although I rarely post something just to be listened to. Usually it's to get comment on specific points.

    Gav, many thanks for the mention. The problem with this and similar ditties from me is that they really are inspiration...quite rare, and I wish I could capture the same inspiration for the "heavier" works my DAW brings forth.

    (When I got this DAW I was assured it was FULL of wonderful music...but it was up to me to draw it out...something I regrettably fail to do. Perhaps it's disdainful of me still working on paper with pencil! )

    Aww, Gabriele, you flatter me beyond belief. I'm humbled.....but I regret to say that there are millions of scores worth more inspection than mine. This was a pretty standard chamber orchestra instrumentation. I thought my arrangement of "Yellow Bird" was more imaginative but nothing compared with Villa-Lobos' "Little Train of the Ciapira"!......But, thank you all the same. You are kind.

    All the best,


  • Hi Dane -  I googled "Dane Aubrun piccolo trumpet" and both your posts are showing up now. Google's search engine is pretty nosy.  With the AI they will soon include we'll be able to see what you had for breakfast. Thanks for the Villa-Lobos reference, I only know him through his guitar stuff, I'll have to check that out.

    • Too right google is too nosy! That's why I have tape stuck over my laptop camera. I wondered why I was getting particular kinds of ads....I think they found out about my breakfasts.

      Ah...Villa-Lobos. One of my faves. Tropics, jungles, strange scents...resins...multi-coloured everything (forget about Anacondas and Piranhas). I've never got on with his guitar works - maybe a couple of the Preludes (to listen to, not play) His orchestral music must be amongst the most difficult to play but some of his chamber things are atmospheric and clever. 

      My first vaccination against serial-music-itis was his Quinteto em Forme do Chôros (played by the New York Wind Quintet). The little train is the last movement of his Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2 - O Trenzinho do Caipira.

      Best not to listen///you'll uncover one of my influences! Oh dear.

  • What a lovely piece! Thanks for sharing. The joyful melody, with the piccolo trumpet as the main culprit, is succesfully transfered a happy thought to somewhere bright. Really like the orchestration. I wonder how did you take the process in writing it. Does one needs to be able to play a trumpet first in order to tackle the task? Or we can just write it down on paper using a keyboard as the helping tool? And how did you decide to write for trumpet in the first place, anyway?

    On bar 53 there is an X sign after the clef. What does that mean?


    • Hi, Sam,

      Many thanks for listening and your kind comments. I'm glad it came over ok!

      Unfortunately I only seem able to write this kind of music by sudden inspiration - usually as a break from something that's giving me problems. 

      I can't play trumpet. I had a brief go with the French Horn a long while ago and learned a little about performance issues with that, like give enough of a break to take a good breath and things. Tuba and other low brass need a lot of breath more frequently hence enough of a break between phrases.

      I got the piccolo trumpet samples as a cheap deal from Vienna Symphonic. They often have "sales" sometimes with very good discounts or "three for the price of two" for single instruments. That was a free one.  I don't often use it but a little piece like this seemed a suitable showcase (as long as I could write a sensible accompaniment)! 

      About the X time signature, that just denotes no time signature, just free-form, as it were. I used it here for the brief cadenza to play away as the player likes. However, you've drawn my attention to a couple of errors in the score, one being that I didn't actually write "cadenza" (just ad lib which isn't enough really) and a few other mistakes - at the end of the cadenza the timps play an A# (which should of course be noted Bb!) Oh dear.... So I have to thank you for pointing out the X.

      Anyway, once more, thanks for the commentary.

      All the best, Dane.

      • Dane, I really appreciate the thorough explanation. The piccolo trumpet sound from Viena Symphonic is really good. Glad you decided to use it in this piece.
        I have to say this is the first time I see the X time signature in a score, thanks so much for the explanation. I learn a new thing today.


  • Hi Dane,

    I just listened to your "Concertino for High Trumpet" and it's awesome!

    Hints of George Gershwin and Ivor Slaney.

    I love the brass cluster chords like at 1:22.

    I'm also loving your key changes like at 1:46 where you step the keys down. Keeps my ears happy.

    Dane, you are very good with this style music. It's inspiring stuff. I hope you can get your music out there so people can hear it.

    Maybe it is already out there and I just don't know it. I live in a shell after all, mostly a shell left by The Beatles. Sometimes though I do venture out into the vast ocean of musical wonders, get a taste of some fine melodies, then scurry back to my shell having swiped some ideas being the musical pack-rat that I am.

    So don't sue me if you ever hear your ideas in some of my music *hehehe*. I wouldn't really do that, but you make it very tempting with stuff like this piece.  :)



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