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Cecilia McDowall

The Night Trumpeter

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Instrument: solo part with piano reduction
Grade: difficult
Catalogue No: AR010
ISMN No: 9790570270217

This work is destined to become a classic of the repertoire. The contrasting movements are superbly written and result in a substantial and powerful work and a must for all trumpeters.

... Power of Dreams • Kirchener's Ear

"...It had a lasting impression on me...a superbly atmospheric piece and leaves the audience, even on first listening, wanting to revisit it again to delve deeper into its many musical facets...the evocative music seemed to strike a chord with all present. Originally written for Paul Archibald and Kathron Sturrock, it is not easy for either trumpet player or pianist, but is very much for the advanced pupil, being as demanding technically as it is musically and requiring a great deal of maturity to perform well. The performer will require a very sound technique and the patience to persevere with its musical shapes and complexities. Having said that, it is a work to watch out for as I have a feeling it will find itself into the mainstream trumpet repertoire before too long - and a welcome arrival it will be....was delighted to see that Brass Wind Publications has continued its support of new works by living composers and taken up the challenge and published it."
Reviewed 'Music Teacher'

The British Composer Awards 2005 were presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with BBC Radio 3 and sponsored by the Performing Right Society. Cecilia McDowall was shortlisted in two categories, her motet Regina Caeli in the Liturgical section, which was performed by the BBC Singers, and the large-scale setting of Stabat Mater for the 'Making Music' Award. Making Music is the body which represents hundreds of amateur choirs, orchestras and music clubs throughout the United Kingdom.
Cecilia McDowall
Cecilia McDowall is fast becoming one of Britain's most popular and frequently performed composers. Her wide experience in performing, teaching and composing has enabled the formulation of a uniquely original style that speaks directly to listeners, instrumentalists and singers alike.

Born in London in 1951, she read music at Edinburgh and London University and continued her studies at Trinity College of Music in London. She studied composition with Joseph Horovitz, Robert Saxton and Adam Gorb and has won several major composition awards.

She has received many commissions which include those from London Musici, London Mozart Players, Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts, the trumpeter, Paul Archibald, flautist, Susan Milan, Fibonacci Sequence and Ensemble Lumière.

Her music has been widely performed throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, and at a variety of festivals including Deal, Presteigne, Hampstead and Highgate, Music Past and Present and at Dartington International Summer School. Her works are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio and Television.

She has written a number of works for brass, including a trumpet concerto, Seraphim, a trumpet and piano duo, The Night Trumpeter and a brass dectet, Salon Argentina.

Premières in 2004 have included Dancing Fish for saxophonist Sarah Field and the Brontë String Quartet, a string quartet, The case of the unanswered wire, for the Sorrel Quartet at the Presteigne Festival and a chorus and orchestra setting of the Stabat Mater for the St Albans Choral Society. A CD of her choral music was released in October, 2004, on the Dutton Epoch label.

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