Italian trumpet virtuoso Andrea Giuffredi has commissioned
a solo piece, Afterthoughts, op. 115, for trumpet by the
American composer Frank Campo. The piece was published by Dario
Music, California, in July 2003.
Frank Campo is Emeritus Professor of Music at California State
University Northridge. His further compositions for trumpet include:
- Times for solo trumpet written for Thomas Stevens
- Canzona for Trumpet & Piano commissioned by Anthony
- Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra,
premiered by Anthony Plog
- Commedie for Trumpet, Piano & Tape, commissioned
by Ronald Romm of the Canadian Brass and recorded by Anthony Plog
- Two Studies for Trumpet & Guitar
- Reflections I and II for 8 Trumpets written for Anthony
Plog's ensemble. The CD will soon be released on Summit Records.
Afterthoughts is a highly demanding contemporary work. The
third note is a fermata pedal C, and several notes in the double
pedal register are scattered through this composition. The range
upwards goes to high C. The rhythms are jazz inspired, and whole
tone scale melodic figures are abundantly moving through the 213
bar long piece. Two mutes are required, plunger and straight.
Andrea Giuffredi has been highly acclaimed for his CD forme
d'arte and he is now preparing the next, on which Randy Brecker
will appear as guest soloist. In the new album Giuffredi will continue
to explore undiscovered worlds of acoustics, colors, and expression
through his own trumpet orchestra where he plays all the parts.
He uses all the trumpets, big and small, including the slide trumpet
in B-flat, and the CD got an excellent review by Tom Erdmann in
the ITG Journal in January 2003. The Brass Bulletin wrote:
"...in addition to his impressive technical skills, Andrea
Giuffredi is a wonderful musician!" The New Classics (UK) stated:
"...the virtuoso Italian trumpet player Andrea Giuffredi shows
his remarkable facility for musical experimentation, demonstrating
the wonderfully expressive and varied potential of his instrument",
and the American Record Guide celebrates: "...a supremely confident
excursion into a remarkable sound world".
Andrea Giuffredi is professor of trumpet at the "International
Academy of Music" in Milan, and principal trumpet of the Orchestra
of Teatro Regio, in Parma where he was born in 1965. He began studying
trumpet at age nine. He has served as guest principal trumpeter
in the main Italian symphony orchestras under the batons of R.Muti,
Z.Mehta, W.Sawallisch, G.Pretre, W. Chung, and G.Sinopoli. He has
also toured Italy, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Austria,
Finland, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Tunisia, Israel, Iraq, Japan,
and Egypt. For more than seven years he performed as solo trumpeter
with "I Solisti Veneti", conducted by Claudio Scimone.
In the United States he was a featured soloist at the Ravinia Festival
in Chicago, 1998.
Andrea Giuffredi is scheduled to perform at the ITG conference
in Denver, June 15-19, 2004. After listening to his CD I purchased
my plane ticket
ITG European News Correspondent