Music for Trumpet by Women Composers

Elaine Fine, Ida Gotkovsky, Anne Guzzo, Cecilia MCDowall, Faye-Ellen Silverman, Hilary Tann


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“[a new MSR Classics CD] features the very fine trumpeter Thomas Pfotenhauer... the works here all contain elements of considerable interest... [Vincent Fuh] provides very able backup and accompaniment.”
Mark J. Estren, InfoDad [April 2017]
Ida Gotkovsky is an award-winning French composer who has written extensively for brass and woodwind instruments throughout her long and rich career. This brief Concertino is typical for the style of the Paris Conservatory contest pieces from the mid-twentieth century. It begins with a brilliant fanfare introduction, followed by a haunting lyrical second movement. It ends with a technical display of fireworks for both the piano and trumpet in the last movement.

The American composer Elaine Fine is a multiinstrumentalist and prolific composer of chamber music. This Sonata, written in three movements, showcases the lyrical qualities of the trumpet. Interjections of brilliant flashes of technique are heard throughout the piece.

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Anne Guzzo is Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Wyoming. Jazz Professor Glasses was written for Thomas Pfotenhauer and premiered at the International Congress of Women in Music in Beijing in 2008. This piece, for unaccompanied trumpet, consists of three movements. The first movement describes the hustle and bustle of daily activity in Beijing. The second movement is lyrical and expressive, using dramatic leaping gestures that depict the expansiveness of a winter in Wyoming. The last movement, which is strongly influenced by jazz, rounds out the work in a light-hearted manner.

The English composer Cecilia McDowall, a recipient of the British Composers Award, has written several works for trumpet and other brass instruments. Also a successful composer of choral music, she is composer-in-residence at Dulwich College in London. Framed consists of seven movements, each one a musical depiction of a work of art, in a range of styles. The artists represented are: Auguste Renoir, James McNeill Whistler, Alberto Giacometti, Hendrick Avercamp, Andy Warhol, Simon Marmion, and Alexander Rodchenko.

Welsh composer Hilary Tann, currently the John Howard Payne Professor of Music at Union College in Schenectady, New York, creates music that is influenced by her homeland and nature, as well as by traditional Japanese music. Look Little Low Heavens, commissioned by and dedicated to Cathy Leach, Professor of Trumpet at the University of Tennessee, is based on a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, entitled Spring. A dramatic fanfare lies at the center of Look Little Low Heavens and is surrounded by two serene, reflective sections.

Faye-Ellen Silverman is currently on the music faculty at Mannes College and has received numerous awards, commissions and artistic residencies. She is the first woman to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from Columbia University. Stories for Our Time features an array of coloristic devices, including contrasting dynamics, articulations, trills, flutter tonguing and mutes. The first movement begins with a dramatic proclamation showcased by wide interval leaps. The second movement is more lyrical, although the interval structures from the opening movement return at the end. The final movement is lively in character and, this time, more consonant.

Trumpeter Thomas Pfotenhauer maintains a performance career that is extensive and varied. He has performed with professional Early Music ensembles throughout the United States and Canada, and with numerous professional and regional orchestras. Currently playing third trumpet with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, he was also a member of the Kansas Brass Quintet, one of the country’s most active faculty brass quintets. In 2008, he was a featured soloist at the Beijing International Congress on Women in Music. In addition, Pfotenhauer has played lead and section trumpet in pit orchestras and in back-up bands for numerous stage productions, including West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Copacabana, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, South Pacific, Saturday Night Fever, and numerous touring productions at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay. He has collaborated with artists such as Robert Goulet, Manhattan Transfer, Peabo Bryson, Bernadette Peters, Johnny Mathis and Shirley Jones. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Masters degree at the University of Michigan, studying under Armando Ghitalla. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in trumpet performance from the University of Kansas, where he studied with William Campbell and Christopher Moore. He has also studied Baroque trumpet with Kris Kwapis and Susan Williams. Pfotenhauer is currently Professor of Trumpet at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he also teaches brass technique and coaches small ensembles

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Collaborative pianist Vincent Fuh is writer and arranger for Madisalsa, a twelve piece latin jazz and salsa ensemble founded in 1992, and El Clan Destino, a contemporary Afro-Cuban quintet founded in 2004. Fuh, who has toured with Opera for the Young since 1997, has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, the Oakwood Chamber Players, and Sound Ensemble Wisconsin, and regularly collaborates with visiting soloists throughout the upper midwest. He is recently featured on CDs with bassoonist Marc Vallon, oboist Laura Medisky, hornist Charles Tibbets and trombonist Mark Hetzler.

MUSIC PUBLISHERS: Universal Music MGB Songs [1-3]; Seesaw Music [4-6, 18-20]; Anne Guzzo [7-9]; Brass Wind Publications [10-16]; Oxford University Press [17].

CONCERTINO for trumpet and piano (1969)
I. Introduction
II. Andante
III. Finale

ELAINE FINE (b.1959)
SONATA for trumpet and piano (2002)
I. Brightly
II. Aria
III. Capriccio

ANNE GUZZO (b.1968)
for solo trumpet and flugelhorn (2008)
I. Allegro alla Fluevog
II. Snow
III. Jazz Professor Glasses

FRAMED for trumpet and piano (2009)
I. Ball at the Moulin de la Galette
II. Nocturne in blue and gold
III. Walking man
IV. Winter landscape with skaters
V. Marilyn diptych
VI. A choir of angels
VII. Overcoming red

HILARY TANN (b.1947)
LOOK LITTLE LOW HEAVENS for trumpet and piano (1992)

STORIES FOR OUR TIME for trumpet and piano (2007)
I. First Tale
II. Calming Tale
III. Tale of Joy

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