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Reskin Charles Passages Tp338

Charles Reskin

for trumpet and chamber orchestra

  • Level: intermediate / advanced
  • Duration: 15'
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Composed: 2013

Reference: TP338a
Piano reduction (solo part included)


  • Instrumentation:

    solo trumpet, 4 horns, timpani, strings

  • Published: 2015
  • Publisher: Editions Bim


Charles Reskin

Charles Reskin (*1946)

Charles Reskin was born in New York City in 1946. Though he started out as a percussionist, he soon became attracted to the trumpet. During his high school years he played both instruments with loc... Read more

About Passages

A musical voyage

I wrote Passages with several goals in mind. First, I wanted to write a concertino for solo trumpet that would display many different musical and emotional aspects of the instrument in a fairly accessible and listener-friendly style. The piece would be a series of "passages" linked together by a single motivic idea, which would undergo many transformations within the single-movement work.

I also was fascinated with the idea of pitting the solo trumpet against an unusual orchestration of four French horns, tympani, and a full body of strings.

The word "passages" has another meaning beyond the musical definition: a journey or transition from one place or one state of mind to another. It was my hope to write a work which progresses through many such states; a musical voyage in which one encounters a series of related yet widely varied adventures. 

Charles Reskin, 2014, USA