“Quiet City”, Aaron Copland (1941).
“Quiet City”, by Aaron Copland, 1941. A beautiful, haunting piece for english horn, trumpet and strings, but most remarkable for the beautiful, yearning, pure, melismatic trumpet solo which soars over the still, muted orchestral accompaniment.
My favourite recording of this piece is by the London Symphony Orchestra and their principal trumpet of the time, Howard Snell, conducted by the composer himself; but in this case the images of still, quiet cities in the accompanying YouTube video make this the version to share.
The original version, scored for trumpet, saxophone, clarinets and piano (written as music for a play but never used) can be found here.
Wishing everyone a peaceful and productive start to the new week.