Voice of the Prophets
Voice of the Prophets is a composition I wrote for the trumpet ensemble at the University of Texas at El Paso (see their performance at ITG below). When their leader, Nancy Taylor, approached me about my compositions, she said that her students really like my Lotus Eater composition. But that’s an eight trumpet piece. They only had a quintet. So did I have anything like that for trumpet quintet?
“No” I said, “but I can write something for you.”
I spent the next few months using Lotus Eater as a model for this new but similar piece.
The composition techniques I use in both Lotus Eater and this Voice of the Prophets composition leans a little towards an exotic, almost eastern sound. Noticing that each of the students in the ensemble have Biblical names, that’s how I came up with the title.
Great College Recital Piece
Voice of the Prophets is a great college recital composition. It will work wonderfully as a closer or an opener. The piece is most certainly a college level piece.
While this was not technically a commission (ie no money was exchanged), I did treat it like one. When I do a commission, I have the ensemble fill out a form that gives me an idea of where each musician is in terms of skill level. The form works so well that, when all the performances were over, Nancy told me that the parts fit each student like a glove. So yes, this is a college level piece.