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qPress is working closely with the Mel Broiles estate to get his complete works back into circulation worldwide. His three book set of Trumpet Studies & Duets has been a top priority, as it represents some of the most inventive, challenging, and exciting writing for the trumpet in the 20th century.
Trumpet Studies & Duets Book 1 consists of 24 studies followed by twelve duets for two trumpets. The study section has some truly memorable etudes, including one of the most useful pages ever written on how to sustain the upper register, transposition etudes with changing keys throughout, etudes in a variety of styles like waltzes, westerns, solos in the style of Mahler, and much more.
The duets are the most wonderful challenge of all. As a student I remember very fondly trying to play every note in “Fresh Embouchure” (nearly impossible) and trying to make a viable performance of “Short Opera for Trumpets”. These duets have the whimsy and character of Mel Broiles himself and they stand as a reminder of his charisma and charm. Having these back in circulation is a God Blessing.
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