Vivian Fung’s Trumpet Concerto is not just a world premiere, it’s very likely the first concerto written by a North American female composer for a female trumpet soloist.
– John Chacona for the Erie Times-News
Commissioned by Musica Nova
Premiere: Mary Elizabeth Bowden with Erie Philharmonic, March 7, 2020 at Warner Theatre in Erie, Pennsylvania
Instrumentation: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bb Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns in F, Timpani, Percussion (2 players): Marimba, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Solo Trumpet in Eb (doubling Flugelhorn and Piccolo Trumpet in Bb), Harp, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass
Trumpet Concerto is a virtuosic, tour de force work displaying the capabilities of the Eb, Flugelhorn, and Piccolo Trumpets and stretches the imagination to what is possible for the instruments. Written for trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, the concerto originally was inspired by a conversation about Mary’s journey in her solo career in general, and as a woman in a male-dominated field. Ideas of striving, overcoming challenges, frustration, passion, and ultimately joy and celebration are all explored in this piece. Rather than composing the work in movements, I have chosen to organize the piece as a continuous work with various episodes, including a toe-tapping march, a lamentful and stormy chant, a more contemplative section for flugelhorn leading to a hip-hop inspired dance. The materials ultimately culminate in a chaotic frenzy that recaps many of the materials and builds to a triumphant ending on the piccolo trumpet.
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