Commercially Available Compositions

Eddie Lewis has written hundreds of original compositions, mostly for brass ensembles and jazz groups. Some of those compositions are available for purchase. We are listing them here in revers chronological order, according to their completion dates. Newest compositions are at the top of the page.

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Tackle Suite – Trumpet Trio
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Tackle Suite

For Trumpet Trio

Tackle Suite is from a suite of suites with fishing themes. Bait Suite is the first of the suites, followed by Tackle Suite and Catch Suite. Each of the fishing suites utilizes a different style of modern composition.

Tackle Suite uses scales and harmonies derived from triad pairs. As a compositional technique, triad pairs are not a new thing. They have been around for almost a hundred years. I have been using them in my compositions since I first learned about them, about thirty years ago. I do believe that the way I use them is probably very different from what most other composers have done.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Bait Suite – Trumpet Trio
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Bait Suite

For Trumpet Trio

Bait Suite is from a suite of suites with fishing themes. Bait Suite is the first of the suites, followed by Tackle Suite and Catch Suite. Each of the fishing suites utilizes a different style of modern composition.

Bait Suite makes use of an original composition language that I invented using chords generated using a twelve-tone chord generator that I invented and programmed. I’ve been using this new language for over 25 years and it can be heard in a number of my earlier works.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Catch Suite – Trumpet Trio
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Catch Suite

For Trumpet Trio

Catch Suite is from a suite of suites with fishing themes. Bait Suite is the first of the suites, followed by Tackle Suite and Catch Suite. Each of the fishing suites utilizes a different style of modern composition.

The three movements in Catch Suite are polytonal. Each part has a unique key signature. The relationship between the keys varies from movement to movement. Some of those relationships are less harsh than others. The last movement is the harshest, with the keys of each trumpet part being one whole step away from each other.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Voice of the Prophets – Trumpet Quintet
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Voice of the Prophets

For Trumpet Quintet

Surprisingly, this is my first composition for five trumpets. I had never even considered writing a trumpet piece for five players before.

Voice of the Prophets was composed for the U.T.E.P. trumpet ensemble. The name of the composition was inspired by the performers themselves because they all have Bible names.

The concept behind Voice of the Prophets was to compose a piece using the same harmonic and rhythmic techniques as my popular composition titled The Lotus Eater, but to do it with only five parts. The Lotus Eater is composed for eight trumpets. Because of the Bible theme, I decided to emphasize those aspects of the harmony that sound Arabic. The harmonies in The Lotus Eater already had Arabic sounding tendencies. I just chose to bring those sounds to the surface in Voice of the Prophets.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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An Angel from Heaven Said to Me – Trumpet Trio
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An Angel from Heaven Said to Me

For Trumpet Trio

Here is an easy trumpet trio composition that gives the students an opportunity to play for an extended duration without challenging their endurance too much. It uses a call and response technique that helps to insert rest into the composition. Not only does this give the trumpet players an opportunity to rest, but it also gives them brief solo moments for them to shine.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Something’s Gonna Happen – Trumpet Quartet
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Something’s Gonna Happen
Cuz I Can Feel It

For Trumpet Quartet

Here’s something you don’t see every day, a Dixie-land styled trumpet quartet. This is a playful, fun swing piece that your trumpet group will love to practice and perform.

It’s not very high and there are plenty of rests for each player. So in a physical sense, Something’s Gonna Happen is not very difficult. There are, however, a few places in the composition where there’s a lot going on rhythmically. So this quartet will take some preparation time.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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And Eat It, Too – Trumpet Trio
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And Eat It, Too
A Proverbial Party

For Trumpet Trio

And Eat It, Too is my take on a cakewalk for three trumpets.

Cakewalk is a dance style that was popular in the 19th century. It began as a dance enjoyed primarily by slaves, here in America, but soon gained in popularity with many different cultures around the world. The cakewalk is something of a precursor to the ragtime style.

And Eat It, Too is one of many pieces I’ve written to utilize call and response as a way to insert excitement into the composition while also giving the musicians an opportunity to rest. A good junior high trumpet group would have no trouble with the endurance on this piece.

Copyright Year: 2017
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Hopewell Suite – Trumpet Sextet
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Hopewell Suite

For Trumpet Sextet

Hopewell Suite is my most major work for trumpet ensemble to date. It is a suite of seven movements lasting over twenty minutes.

Hopwell is the name of my brother-in-law’s farm in Komga, which is in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is one of my favorite places in the world, not just because of the beautiful country side and wildlife, but because that’s where a big part of our family is.

This suite was composed using inspirations I collected on our most recent trip to South Africa. I was invited to teach and perform at the National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown. While we were in South Africa, I had a large number of inspirations… melodies and composition ideas that just popped into my head. (I consider these unbidden melodies and ideas to be precious gifts from God.) This suite is composed entirely of those inspirations.

Hopewell Suite is not only my most major trumpet work to date, it is also, in my opinion, my best composition.

Copyright Year: 2016
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Noel – Trumpet Trio

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Noel

An Original Christmas Suite

For Trumpet Trio

Noel is a relatively easy suite for trumpet trio. Inspired by my wife’s music preferences, it tells the Christmas story with very simple melodies and simple harmonic structure.

Copyright Year: 2016
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Thanksgiving Interlude – Trumpet Sextet
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Thanksgiving Interlude

For Trumpet Sextet
Four Trumpets and Two Flugelhorns

This is a trumpet ensemble composition that puts into musical expression my feelings about Thanksgiving, the American holiday. The Thanksgiving Interlude was actually inspired and composed in the moment, on Thanksgiving day, 2015.

Copyright Year: 2015

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Easter Fanfare – Trumpet Quartet
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Easter Fanfare

For Trumpet Quartet

Easter Fanfare is what Easter sounds like to me. It’s festive! It’s hopeful! Easter is the greatest event mankind has ever celebrated. The world’s salvation, paid  in blood, and free for all who will accept it!

What makes this composition just a little different from what you would expect to hear on Easter Sunday is that it is in 5/4. I didn’t know it was in 5/4 until I wrote it down. I sang the piece in my head all morning before I sat to put it to paper. When I did, I noticed it was in an odd meter. In my opinion, that is the best way to write in odd meters… when you hear it in your head first.

Copyright Year: 2009

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Pearl – Brass Trio – Trumpet, Horn and Tuba
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Pearl

For Brass Trio
Trumpet, Horn and Tuba

Pearl is a brass trio composition for a nonstandard instrumentation; trumpet, horn and tuba (most brass trios use trumpet horn and trombone). The piece is biographical in  nature. Pearl is my wife’s name. This is the first composition I ever wrote using motifs and musical structure to describe a person.

Pearl is basically a conservative piece, leaning towards something neo-romantic in style.

Copyright Year: 2005

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Three Famous Soldiers – Brass Quintet
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Three Famous Soldiers

For Brass Quintet

Three Famous Soldiers is from a Bible story. The piece depicts three of David’s top soldiers as they cross into enemy lines to fetch a drink of water for David. The well that they fetched it from is David’s favorite water. When they returned with the liquid prize, David poured it on the ground. Read more about the story in 1 Chronicles 11:18.

This composition is a perfect recital piece. In fact, we performed it at a recital at Rice University as part of Dave Kirk’s faculty recital. It is serious but highly entertaining.

Copyright Year: 2002

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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Lotus Eater – Trumpet Octet
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Lotus Eater

For Trumpet Octet

Long ago I read that the term, “lotus eater” referred to someone who daydreamed a lot. This composition gives you a look inside the mind of someone who is daydreaming. It takes you on a journey, contrasting periods of smooth sailing and dragon slaying. It is dramatic and almost otherworldly. Lotus Eater is just as enjoyable for the audience as it is for the musicians.

Lotus Eater is my most difficult composition for trumpet ensemble. The quartal fanfare like sections require diligent practice to master. The calve based rhythms are exciting but difficult to learn if you are not used to my writing yet. So this work is a bit ambitious in that sense. But it’s worth it. The excitement it brings to the recital is worth every minute of preparation.

Copyright Year: earl 90’s

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

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