New work for solo trumpet, strings and percussion
by composer Dr. Pete Meechan
Trumpet Consortium Commission Opportunity
September 14, 2016
Dear trumpet friends & colleagues.
I am delighted to be involved in the creation of a new work for solo trumpet, string chamber ensemble and percussion as composed by my good friend and colleague Dr. Pete Meechan.
I was thrilled when Pete immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada a few years ago and in the short period that has followed we have collaborated on a number of wonderful musical projects that simply would have not been possible were it not for Pete’s presence in our community; Pete’s strong positive and joyful artistic presence has been felt by many in our community on many levels; Pete’s familiarity and passion for composing brass repertoire specifically is important to mention in the context of this project proposal specifically; Pete has been a great addition to our artistic brain trust in western Canada.
For more information on Pete’s work please visit MeechanMusic.com and/or read his bio below.
And I am sure many of you are already aware gaining access toquality original repertoire for our instrument in a solo capacity is not often an easy task when compared to the vast repertoire possibilities available to other solo instrumentalists (e.g. violin, piano, voice, etc.). As such I always get excited when I hear about new commission possibilities as they present themselves for our instrument specifically, by insightful and experienced composers like Pete Meechan.
This letter then is to tell you about a commission consortium project that I have been working on for sometime now wherein we are commissioning Pete to compose a new work for us. To this end Pete and I are both thrilled that this project is finally moving into the production phase and as such I wanted to invite you at this time to be a part of making it all happen.
About the piece: The new work (yet-to-be titled) will be commissioned by myself. It will be a three-movement work for solo trumpet, strings and percussion. The accompaniment will be suitable for one instrument per part as well as larger string ensemble. The piece will be fully notated, with no improvisation element and will be approximately 15 minutes in duration.
About the composer: Canada-based British composer Dr. Peter Meechan has written trumpet concerti for Ryan Anthony (Renaissance of Wonder), Jens Lindermann (Orpheus) and Rex Richardson (Apophenia). Recent commissions for trumpet have also included Meditation (commissioned by Alexis Demailly – Opéra national de Paris) for trumpet and string quartet.
Meechan’s music has been commissioned, recorded, broadcast and performed by some of the world’s leading wind orchestras, brass bands, symphonies, conductors and soloists, including: Bramwell Tovey, Black Dyke Brass Band, The Band of the Coldstream Guards, RNCM Wind Orchestra, Steven Mead, Jens Lindemann, Ryan Anthony, Les Neish, Linda Merrick, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Rex Richardson, Jacques Mauger and many more.
Meechan’s music is featured on over 90 commercial recordings and has been featured at festivals and clinics globally, including the Midwest Clinic, the International Trumpet Guild, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, BASBWE conferences, and in 2014 his work “The Legend of King Arthur” was used as the set test piece at the British National Brass Band Championships, held in the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Consortium details for associates (i.e. you!):
- $150USD (approx. $200CDN/£115GBP/€135Euro) per member
- All materials to be delivered by PDF
- The above will provide you with exclusivity of performance and recording for 12 months from July 1 2017
- Deadline for sign up to the consortium June 1 2017
- All consortium members will be listed in the score, program note and recognized on the composers’ website as commissioners of the work
- 100% of consortium funds go towards the composer
- Interested parties can sign up at the following link:http://meechanmusic.com/consortium-opportunity-new-work-for-trumpet-strings-and-percussion/
- Solo trumpet
- 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass and percussion
- The accompaniment can be performed with just one player on each string part, as well as with full string orchestra
As I move through my career I find myself reflecting more and more on the meaning of music in our society, of what a privilege and gift it is to make music, of how powerful music is and, how very important it is we continue to support, motivate and nurture, the work and livelihood of serious professional composers like Pete Meechan. As such I very much hope you will consider being a part of the commission project.
Pete and/or I would both love to hear from you.
Further details: Feel free to contact either Dean McNeill (http://artsandscience.usask.ca/profile/DMcNeill#/profile) or Peter Meechan (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visitwww.meechanmusic.com.
Very best wishes and regards,
Professor of Brass and Jazz
University of Saskatchewan
Artistic Director, Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra
3rd Trumpet, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
Please use the Paypal button below to sign up to the consortium. If you prefer to pay by cheque/check or other means, please email Pete Meechan: email@example.com