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Composition: "A Trumpeter's Lullaby"
Composer: Leroy Anderson
Copyright: © 1950 Woodbury Music Company LLC
Completed: September 22, 1949
Instrumentation: Orchestra
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
Transcriptions by Leroy Anderson: Band; Piano; Trumpet and Piano; Trumpet Trio and Piano.

//   '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



About the music:

  Leroy Anderson dedicated "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" to Roger Voisin.  It is frequently performed in concert on American holidays which have either a patriotic or memorial theme.


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