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Trumpet Voices
Classics for Trumpet Ensemble
Four Winds

I have always loved trumpet ensemble music. I enjoy performing and teaching the genre as well. Despite the fact that there is great music written for trumpet ensemble, it remains a neglected part of the trumpet repertoire. So, when Four Winds asked me to make a recording, it seemed like the logical choice.

When I go to a concert I enjoy programs that have an eclectic blend of music. I wanted this disc to offer the same kind of approach. It was then simply a matter of going through the literature and finding pieces from different eras that I liked. In addition, there was some music I heard along the road that was really beautiful that I thought could work in an arrangement for trumpet ensemble (the Ivan Moody piece, for example). I also believe that if we involve technology more with our concerts, we might be able to engage a wider audience for classical music, Through recording (and in the case of the Dannenberg, computer) technology, I’m able to play all the trumpet parts on this disc. I hope you enjoy listening to this recording as much as we enjoyed making it. — Neal Berntsen

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