Legends of Fractonia
Trumpet Octet Sheet Music PDF
by Eddie Lewis
Legends of Fractonia is, with a clear margin, the most difficult trumpet ensemble I’ve ever written. No, the parts don’t look very difficult, but the way it all comes together is at a very high skill level.
To tell you the truth, I didn’t write this thinking I would sell the sheet music. I wrote it because I wanted to learn and record something creative, interesting and extremely difficult. That may sound strange, but it’s true. I wrote it for me.
What Makes Legends of Fractonia So Difficult?
The difficulty of Legends of Fractonia lies primarily in the rhythms. The time signature alternates between seven-eight and five-eight throughout the composition, with no exceptions. Above that metric feel is overlaid rhythmic interactions between the parts that demand a great deal of musical independence from each of the trumpet players.
Now, I do believe that the difficulty is greatly reduced with a good conductor. I typically don’t think conductors are necessary for trumpet ensemble performances, but hiring one for this piece is justified.
The Fractonia Story
Legends of Fractonia is inspired by a book authored by my wife, Pearl, titled Fractonia.
Fractonia is a sci-fi/fantasy book for children to help them better grasp the concept of fractions. The main character, Matthew, is transported to a world where creatures and characters represent mathematics. You can read more about Matthew and his adventure by clicking the following button:
We also have a You Play First Chair FREE trumpet play-along video for this composition that you can access by clicking on the following button: