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A Song from the Heart

composer: Eric Ewazen
title: A Song from the Heart
publisher: Theodore Presser Co.
level: High School - Advanced
range: concert Ab’’

Well-known for his prolific writing for brass instruments, Eric Ewazen has contributed several wonderful compositions to the contemporary trumpet repertoire. A Song from the Heart is among those compositions.

A Song from the Heart (2007) was composed as a single movement work for trumpet and piano. The mood throughout, is a beautiful lyrical melody with contemporary, colorful harmonies. Contemplative in character, the length is around seventh minutes. There are Bb and C parts available to the trumpeter.

There are many opportunities in this composition for the developing performer. Notably,there are several opportunities to make musical decisions on shapes, phrasing, and contour of the beautiful melodic line, while developing a consistent sound concept through all registers. Wide slurred leaps require accuracy, control, and flexibility.

Rhythmically, the composition is very straight-forward with only a few subtle meter changes. The trumpet and piano parts function as a straight-forward tune with accompaniment, so ensemble challenges are minimal.

Although the pitch range is wide, endurance should not be a factor. Most of the writing is in the staff, and there are ample rests for the trumpet.

A Song from the Heart is an excellent addition to our trumpet repertoire. Their are many utility uses for a piece such as this. The composition makes a nice inner piece on a recital program and also works for a wedding, funeral, or church service. A Song from the Heart has been professionally recorded and released by trumpeter Charles Schlueter. Both B-flat and C trumpet parts are provided.

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