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Composition: "A Trumpeter's Lullaby"
Composer: Leroy Anderson
Copyright: © 1949 Woodbury Music Company LLC
Completed: September 22, 1949
Instrumentation: Orchestra, 1949; Band, 1950; Trumpet and Piano, 1950; Piano, 1952; Trumpet Trio and Piano, 1962
First Performed: February 4, 1950, Leroy Anderson, conductor, North Carolina All-State High School orchestra, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  May 9, 1950, Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, conductor, Roger Voisin, trumpet solo, Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass.
First Recording: June 18, 1950, Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, conductor
Recorded by Leroy Anderson: September 11, 1950 [analog monaural] Decca Records, New York, New York.
Length: 3:00
Published: 1950
Publisher: Woodbury Music Company LLC; Available from Alfred Publishing
Transcriptions by Leroy Anderson: Band; Piano; Trumpet and Piano; Trumpet Trio and Piano.

Listen: A Trumpeter's Lullaby (Orchestra)
Listen: A Trumpeter's Lullaby (Concert Band)

About the music:

//   'A Trumpeter's Lullaby' had its beginning backstage at Symphony Hall in Boston.  In addition to composing and conducting, I was an arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra for a number of years.  After one of the concerts I was talking with the conductor Arthur Fiedler and the first trumpet of the Boston Pops, Roger Voisin.  Suddenly Roger Voisin asked me why I didn't write a trumpet solo for him to play with the orchestra that would be different from traditional trumpet solos which are all loud, martial or triumphant.

" After thinking it over, it occurred to me that I had never heard a lullaby for trumpet so I set out to write one.  The melody is based on bugle call notes and rhythmical figures which are idiomatic to the trumpet, but the mood is nevertheless one of a lullaby due to the relaxed playing of the soloist and the quiet background in the orchestra.

Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson House, 132 Painter Hill Road

"A Trumpeter's Lullaby" was the first composition which Leroy Anderson completed in Woodbury, Connecticut. This was at Painter Hill in September 1949, the year when Eleanor and Leroy Anderson moved to Woodbury permanently.   Leroy Anderson dedicated "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" to Roger Voisin.   "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" is frequently performed in concert on American holidays which have either a patriotic or memorial theme.

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