Orchestral Souvenirs (Mueller)


Orchestral Souvenirs (Mueller)


Neil Mueller has already established himself as a master of duet creation in his three previous popular Balquhidder Music productions: Three Classic Concerti, Eight Famous Solos and Baroque Favorites. Now his Orchestral Souvenirs adds a remarkable tour-de-force to this group. Using the orchestral trumpet literature, Neil has crafted duets from over fifty of our most recognizable trumpet passages. They are educational and entertaining in equal measure. 

Check out the Table of Contents and then, below, remarks from Michael Sachs, Chris Martin, Jim Wilt and Anthony Plog.

Table of Contents

Bach, Johann Sebastian, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, Mass in B minor

Bartok, Bela, Concerto for Orchestra

Beethoven, Ludwig van, Leonore Overture No. 2, Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 7, III

Berlioz, Hector, Symphonie Fantastique, Un Bal

Bizet, Georges, Carmen Suite No. 1 Prelude, Suite No. 2 Chanson du Toreador Suite No. 2 Habanera, Suite No. 2 LaGarde Montante, Danse Boheme

Brahms, Johannes, Academic Festival Overture

Copland, Aaron, An Outdoor Overture

Dvorak, Anton, Symphony No. 8, Symphony No. 9 from the New World

Debussy, Claude, Nocturnes, Fetes

Donezetti, Gaetano, Don Pasquale, Prelude Act II

Gershwin, George, Concerto in F, American in Paris

Ives, Charles, Variations on America

Mahler, Gustav, Blumine Symphonic Movement, Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 4 Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 5

Mussorgsky, Modest, Pictures at an Exhibition, Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle

Rachmaninoff, Serge, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Ravel, Maurice, La Valse, Piano Concerto in G

Respighi, Ottorino, Pines of Rome, Pines near a Catacomb, Pines of Villa Borghese

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nicolai, Scheherazade

Schumann, Robert, Symphony No. 2

Shostakovich, Dimitri, Symphony No.1, Symphony No.5, Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings

Strauss, Richard, Don Juan, Ein Heldenleben

Stravinsky, Igor, Firebird Suite, Danse Infernale, Petrouchka, Ballerina's Dance and Waltz Petrouchka, Apparition of Petrouchka's Double, Pulcinella Suite, Toccata L'Histoire du Soldat, March Royale

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich, Cappriccio Italien, The Nutcracker, LeChocolat - Danse Espagnole, Swan Lake, Neopolitan Dance, Symphony No. 4, Symphony No. 5

Wagner, Richard, Gotterdamerung, Trauermarsch, Prelude to Parsifal, Tannhauser, Overture
Neil Mueller's new orchestral duets book is a terrific addition to the trumpet duet catalog. With a fresh approach to standard orchestral repertoire, these wonderful duets offer every level of trumpeter the opportunity to play through some of our biggest pieces in a stylistic and contextual sense that is fun and challenging."

-- Michael Sachs, Principal Trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra

Orchestral Souvenirs is both a practical, enjoyable introduction to the orchestral repertoire for students and a beneficial resource for professional players. The real value here is that the duets place these famous moments from the orchestral repertoire in their proper musical context, and the depth of composition makes for an uncommonly musical duet experience. Bravo Neil!

-- Christopher Martin, Principal Trumpet, New York Philharmonic

When I was first handed a copy of Neil Mueller’s Orchestral Souvenirs to peruse, I had my doubts. But after trying a few of them, I have to say that these duets actually work – the excerpts and their accompaniment are well thought-out and quite challenging. The added benefit is that they make the players more cognizant of what is going on around them when these passages are played in an orchestral context, which could be very useful “on the job”. They’re fun to play, too!     

 -- Jim Wilt, Associate Principal Trumpet, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Professor of Trumpet, The Colburn School

In looking at Neil Mueller’s new book I realize that I was born too early, as I would have absolutely loved to play these duets with friends when I was a student. They are of course challenging, but I would think that any young trumpet player having hopes of playing in an orchestra could use this book over and over and over again, not only as a way to really learn the excerpts, but also as a way of having a great time playing duets with a friend.

-- Anthony Plog, internationally known composer and trumpet teacher.
BQ-193 ($32.95)

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