|level:||High School - Advanced
Richard Lane's Song was composed in 1972 for Derek Smith, father of famed trumpeter, Phil Smith.
The single-movement composition is lyrical throughout, and calls upon expressive playing from the performer. Beautiful, extended melodic lines are displayed in logical phrases.
Challenges for the performer include a wide pitch range, subtle and soft expressions, and fluid sustained playing with minimal rests.
With a performance length of just over 5 minutes, Song can make a nice lyrical addition to a solo recital or church offertory or prelude.
A recording can be found on Phil Smith's album "New York Legends".