for eight trumpets
Program NotesWinter Light
was written for the Edwards Trumpet Ensemble for a performance at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 1996.
In this short piece I have attempted only to convey the mood of the title. To that end I have employed a large number of mutes-indeed all the trumpets are muted throughout-and exploited a wide variety of the different sounds available to the trumpet. I hope in so doing I have explored some territory that is often neglected in brass writing.
The light of winter is normally subdued, of course, but now and then there is an unexpected brilliance or intensity that is not found in any other season.