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Gabriel Fauré, arr. Cox: Vocalise-Étude

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During the 19th century, a tradition emerged of setting vocal exercises to piano accompaniment, based on the assumption that singers would execute them more musically due to the addition of harmony. Several notable composers wrote such Vocalise studies, which came to be seen as genuine musical works in their own right. This work was published in 1906   as part of a compilation by various composers for students at the Paris Conservatoire, where Fauré was director at the time. The piece is ideally suited to performance on the trumpet, comfortably sitting within the technical range of the instrument.


 Parts included:



  • Trumpet in B-flat

  • Trumpet in C

  • Piano


This release is part of the Vocalise Series for Trumpet & Piano.

Gabriel Fauré, arr. Cox: Vocalise-Étude

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In recent years, it has become increasingly fashionable for trumpeters to perform songs originally written for voice and piano, often as a means of supplementing the paucity of repertoire for the instrument, particularly from the Romantic period. The Vocalise series aims to augement and enhance this burgeoning tradition.

Vocalise études became common during the 19th century when vocal 'excercises' were set to piano accompaniment - based on the assumption that singers would execute them more musically with the addition of harmony. Several noteable composers wrote such studies, which are now viewed as genuine musical works in their own right. Due to the omission of any text, the process of transcribing these pieces is relatively straightforward, and as such they emerged as an obvious starting point for this series.

The concept was then expanded to include songs with text. Arranging these for trumpet is more complicated, since the words are integral to the shape and phrasing of the music. Care has been takent to reflect this in the solo parts, employing slurs and tenutos to represent melisma and stress points respectively.

The series is edited and arranged by Huw Morgan and Simon Cox. 

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