Sy Brandon


trumpet solos and ensembles of Sy Brandon

Trumpet and Piano

Avalon - Avalon is the legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend. It was the place where King Arthur's sword Excalibur was forged and later where Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after the Battle of Camlann. The composition’s structure is more influenced by the rhetorical device of anaphora than by any specific musical form. Anaphora consists of a repeated sequence of words that begins a series of neighboring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis. The open motive, stated by the trumpet alone, is the anaphora phrase that represents the magical and mysterious qualities of Avalon. The other unifying device used is a figure of a dotted eighth and sixteenth followed a long note a perfect fifth higher. This motive represents the sword Excalibur and all the good deeds King Arthur is known for. Advanced


Sonata for Trumpet and Piano - A three movement sonata with contrasting thematic material. Much of the harmony is quartal and counterpoint plays an important role. The last movement is very energetic and jazzy. Advanced


Trumpet Ensembles

Escapades for Trumpet Quartet - Escapades is in arch form ABCBA. Both the A and B sections are in a fast tempo with the A consisting of fanfare-like figures over an ostinato and the B section more developmental, incorporating counterpoint. The tempo for the C section is moderato and is more whimsical with a lot of use of chromaticism. The reverse of the A and B sections for the ending brings the work to an exciting close. Advanced


Fanfares for Two Trumpets - Five short fanfares that can be performed as a group or individually. Each lasts 30" to 1’. Open harmonies, thirds and counterpoint are utilized. The fourth fanfare is in 5/8. Both musicians perform from the score. Advanced Intermediate


Fireworks for Two Trumpets and Percussion - This short composition features flashy trumpet parts and colorful percussion. It was selected for performance at the Southeast Trumpet Festival. Advanced


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