We Shall See
for Unaccompanied Trumpet Solo
Here’s what Eddie Lewis has to say about his first unaccompanied trumpet work, We Shall See:
Now that We Shall See is over fifteen years old and has been performed by trumpet players around the world, I feel it is fitting to sit and reflect on what this composition has come to mean to me, both as a composer and as a trumpet player.
We Shall See began as an idea to send free music to friends without costing me an arm and a leg. When I published the first movement of this solo, PDF technology was not as accessible as it is today. The original recipients were sent their copies via snail mail. Since then we have continued to offer We Shall See as a free download on our website and trumpet players have been reporting their performances of the solo world wide. I remember when I showed We Shall See to my college composition professor, when he asked what kind of writing I was up to. After Dr. Packales read through the music, sitting at his desk, he looked up at me and said, “you know, composing for unaccompanied solo instruments is some of the most challenging type of writing.” Then he told me I had done a great job. It was one of the last pieces I shared with him before he passed away.
Today, not only is We Shall See on my list of successful compositions, it is also an important work in my own performance repertoire. The solo has taken on a life of its own and I no longer feel like its composer. That was a different me from a different time. Performing it feels like I am presenting someone else’s work, which I feel is a good thing. It keeps the music fresh and allows me to enjoy it as much as you do. Another very important bit of trivia related to We Shall See is the harmonic structure of the second movement. I have invented an original harmonic language that I call “Spider Chords” and the second movement of We Shall See was one of the first pieces I ever composed using that harmonic language. Fifteen years is a long time for a composition to remain popular. I offer a sincere thank you to everyone who made it as popular as it is today. May peace and blessings be yours in abundance, Eddie Lewis
Copyright Year: 1997 & 2001
Performance Rights Organization: BMI