Posts tagged ‘David Johnson’

September 15, 2013

2013-09-15 Notes from the Bench

“Trumpet Tune in A”  by David Johnson

A commentary on this week’s music by Dr. James T. Gerber, Music Associate

Organ works of the “trumpet tune” genre are most frequently written by English or American composers, either as stand-alone pieces, or as a movement of a suite, and utilize the trumpet stops of the instrument. A trumpet tune may be an arrangement of a piece originally written for trumpet and keyboard, or vice versa, the adaptation of a solo keyboard work to include trumpet. Trumpet tunes have been written since the seventeenth century and played during various ceremonial events; Henry Purcell, Jeremiah Clark, and John Stanley composed some of the bestknown examples. During the twentieth century, numerous composers, including David Johnson, have written trumpet tunes and usually imitate the form and style of works written during the seventeenth century.

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