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