Trumpet Trio Compositions

This page lists Eddie Lewis’ trumpet trio compositions in alphabetical order. This is one of Eddie’s favorite instrumentations to write for. It is a very free instrumentation to write for, but can still have a full sound. As of now (2018), Eddie has composed more trumpet trios than any other instrumentation larger than duets.

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

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

And Eat It, Too – Trumpet Trio
And Eat it, Too for Trumpet Trio

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

Chromazure – Beginner Trumpet Trio
Chromazure

Chromazure

For Beginner Trumpet Trio

Chromazure is a made up title contracting the word “chromatic” and “azure”, which is a work for blue. It describes this short, beginner composition as being a chromatic bluesy piece. It is perfect for introducing early students to the sounds of dissonance in their performances.

This composition is from Eddie Lewis’ new series of pieces designed for absolute beginners. The range is limited to C in the staff. Some of the compositions never even reach the C. The keys of the compositions in this series are never more than one flat or one sharp. The rhythms are always limited to quarter-notes, half-notes and whole-notes. The pieces are always very short compared to more advanced trumpet compositions, sometimes being as short as sixteen measures. Chromazure is a sixteen measure composition.

Copyright Year: 2019
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Fishing Suite: Tackle Suite
Tackle Suite Cover

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

Fishing Suite: Bait Suite
Bait Suite Cover

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

Fishing Suite: Catch Suite
Catch Suite Cover

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

Grace, Greater Grace
Grace, Greater Grace for Trumpet Trio

Grace, Greater Grace

For Trumpet Trio

Here is an example of one of Eddie Lewis’ compositions for beginning trumpet players. The range in the first part is up to C in the staff. The rhythms are simple quarter-note/half-note rhythms. The key is one sharp.

Copyright Year: 2017

Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Trumpet Trio
hark the herald angels sing trumpet trio BLOCK

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Original Melody by Felix Mendelssohn, Arr. Eddie Lewis

A Modern Treatment of a Beloved Christmas Carol

For Trumpet Trio

I posted a recording of this arrangement on my YouTube channel as part of our Christmas celebration in 2018. One of the comments we received describes the arrangement perfectly. The comment said “Sounds more like Paul Hindemith”.

Exactly! I am using what would be considered “twentieth-century techniques” in this arrangement. I wasn’t thinking of Hindemith when I wrote it, but the techniques are definitely more like what he would have written than something Mendelssohn would have written.

Copyright Year: 2019
Performance Rights Organization: BMI

Noel – Trumpet Trio
Noel for Trumpet Trio

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

Trumpet Christmas Mashup – Trumpet Trio
Trumpet Christmas Mashup for Trumpet Trio

Trumpet Christmas Mashup

A Fun, Difficult, Almost Crazy Christmas Medley

For Trumpet Trio

Trumpet Christmas Mashup is a fun trumpet trio exploring the fractured motifs of three different Christmas standards, Ding Dong Merrily on High, God Rest Merry Gentlemen and Joy to the World. It’s meant to be an arrangement that will be challenging to the musicians to work up, fun for them to perform, and entertaining for the audiences to listen to.

Copyright Year: 2018
Performance Rights Organization: NA