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    Derek Bourgeois

    Ace of Trumpets

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    Instrument: trumpet unaccompanied
    Grade: mediumslightly difficult
    Catalogue No: 6024
    ISMN No: 9790570270392

    These studies were written to provide a series of graded pieces that would be challenging, but interesting and musically satisfying to play.. The pieces were not written in any particular order, but were collated and graded according to the resulting standard that emerged from each piece as it was written. Some editing was necessary to ensure that the correct levels of difficulty were maintained.

    "... collated in order of difficulty, starting from a grade 4 standard and rising to about grade 6. The studies fit well under the fingers and useful scale passages are covered during the playing. The studies are enjoyable to play and pupils will feel safe and comfortable modulating through to the related keys used in these compositions. The studies, simply numbered 1 - 20, will be of great benefit to the developing trumpet player."
    Reviewed 'Music Teacher'


    Derek Bourgeois
    Derek Bourgeois was born in Kingston on Thames in 1941. He graduated from Cambridge University with a first class honours degree in music, and a subsequent Doctorate. He spent two years at the Royal College of Music where he studied composition with Herbert Howells and conducting with Sir Adrian Boult.

    He has composed seventeen symphonies, twelve concertos, several other extended orchestral works, seven major works for chorus and orchestra, two operas and a musical. As well as a considerable quantity of chamber, vocal and instrumental music, he has composed twelve extended works for Brass Band and five symphonies for Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He has also written a considerable amount of music for television productions.

    He has written four works specifically about Mallorca: Symphony No 8 - "The Mountains of Mallorca", Symphony No 16 - "Songs of Mallorca", which is a setting for Soprano and Orchestra of four Poems by Miquel Costa I Llobera. A Symphonic Suite in four movements for Wind Band called simply "Mallorca", and a piece called "Felanitx Fantasy" for the Felanitx Band, of which he conductor elect.

    From 1970 to 1984 he was a Lecturer in Music at Bristol University. He was the conductor of the Sun Life Band from 1980 until 1983, and during the same period was Chairman of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, and a member of the Music Advisory Panel of the Arts Council.

    In September 1984 he gave up his university post to become the Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In 1988 he founded the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain which held its first course in the Summer of 1989. In 1990 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra.

    He left the National Youth Orchestra in August 1993 to become the Director of Music of St Paul's Girls' School in London. He retired to Mallorca in July 2002 where he now lives as a full-time composer.

    Derek Bourgeois died in September 2017.

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