Apophenia

Trumpet and Wind Orchestra/Band

“Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.”

Apophenia is a trumpet concerto in three movements written for American trumpet virtuoso Rex Richardson. Each of the three movements features a different instrument; Movement 1 is for the Bb trumpet, the second is for flugel horn and trumpet, and the third is for trumpet and piccolo trumpet (or Eb trumpet).


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Product Information

PMM046 - Apophenia
Year composed: 2008
Difficulty: Hard
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Duration: 15
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Program Note

“Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.”

Apophenia is a trumpet concerto in three movements written for American trumpet virtuoso Rex Richardson. Each of the three movements features a different instrument; Movement 1 is for the Bb trumpet, the second is for flugel horn and trumpet, and the third is for trumpet and piccolo trumpet.

Each of the three movements of Apophenia relate to the phenomenon of viewing Dark Side of the Rainbow – a name used to refer to the act of listening to the 1973 Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon whilst watching the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, where moments where the film and the album appear to correspond with each other.

Movement 1 is a fast a furious movement. Solo and ensemble interact at high tempo, swapping and creating new ideas, leading each other in new directions. Aside from the trumpet soloist, the kit player also acts as a quasi soloist.

The second movement takes its musical inspiration from the Pink Floyd song Us and Them. It is during this segment of the film that some of the most amazing moments of connection happen.

The final movement is a dance – and a tour de force for the soloist who begins on the Bb trumpet, before switching to the piccolo trumpet (or Eb trumpet) for the fast and furious finale. Many of the coincidences from Dark Side of the Rainbow relate to dancing, however, as long as a piece of music is the same tempo as the original, and the time signature is a regular one, this could be the case across most films. So the composer chose to write a dance that wouldn’t synchronise to too many existing dance scenes!

The soloist is free to improvise their own cadenza.

Apophenia is dedicated to Rex Richardson.


Album name: Apophenia
Media: CD
Artists: Kew Wind Orchestra / Rex Richardson (trumpets) / Spencer Down - cond.
Label: L4 Recordings

US Parts

Bass clef parts, as well as Horn in F parts, are available free of charge for this title. Please email via the contact page for information.

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