Freedom of Movement • 21st Century Trumpet Concerto – Rex Richardson


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FOUR (4) new major trumpet concertos from renowned composers performed by acclaimed world-class trumpet player, Rex Richardson!

Rex Richardson, trumpet, piccolo trumpet, flugelhorn
Salt River Brass conducted by Patrick Sheridan
Maidstone Wind Symphony conducted by Jonathan Crowhurst
Brass Band of Central Florida conducted by Chad Shoopman
Tokyo Symphonic Winds conducted by James Stephenson

Three World Winds by Allen Vizzutti
Scirocco is performed on piccolo trumpet. The music builds gradually from quiet stirrings to larger gusts of musical motifs. Chinook presents a setting in which the soloist carefully caresses melodic phrases on flugelhorn as well as soars mightily over the ensemble playing trumpet. In Cyclone, swirling, spinning trumpet lines put the trumpet soloist to the test. Rex Richardson and the ensemble “Blow up a storm!”

Freedom of Movement by Andy Scott
The work comprises several sections in one movement, starting with an energetic modal theme in swing feel, eventually opening up for the soloist to improvise. A brief cadenza connects us to a gentle ballad section, more evocative of the world of brass band than of jazz. The reverie is broken by an aggressive, virtuoso “battle” for soloist and percussion, before arriving the final climatic section that blends the language of contemporary jazz band and brass band.

Concerto no. 3 for Trumpet and Brass Band by Anthony Plog
This work uses five paintings of the painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) as inspirations for the various movements. Although Kandinsky was an abstract artist, his paintings suggest certain moods or thoughts, and I have used these to form a sort of architecture for this Concerto. Written for Rex Richardson

Concerto no. 2 for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble, “Rextreme” by James Stephenson
Originally scored for full symphony orchestra, Rextreme showcases its namesake’s tremendous versatility and virtuosity as a trumpet soloist. Written specifically with Rex in mind, employing multi-phonics and circular breathing as well as improvisation, and presenting singular demands on the soloist’s agility and stamina.