Celebrations is the title of Eddie Lewis’ duet book. The reason there are so many duets in the book is because he couldn’t make up his mind which book to write. So Eddie combined all six book ideas into one massive duet book. There are also a number of beginner duets that Eddie composed to play with his son, Alex, when he was first learning how to play the trumpet.
Now that the Celebrations album is completed, we will be investing effort into a separate website dedicated entirely to the book and recordings. The website is meant to create an interactive environment where trumpet players can share their videos, ask questions, or offer suggestions.
This is a work in progress, and we will make the link go live when there is enough content on the new website to justify your visit. Thank you for your patience.
Celebrations CD From Eddie’s Celebrations Duet Book
What can you say about this recording of 100 original duets other than that they are different. Each duet in Celebrations is motivated and inspired by different people, different places, and different experiences. But don’t let the word “inspired” fool you. The duets that are inspired by Eddie’s experiences as salsa trumpet player are not genuine salsa. The baroque inspired duets do not sound like genuine baroque music.
Many of the duets you will hear in this album have sounds that you have never heard before. Others will sound familiar in ways that will make you say, “I just can’t put my finger on it.”
In what would seem like a limited format for composition, Eddie has thoroughly explored as many harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and contrapuntal possibilities for two trumpets as time would allow – and by that, we mean, five years of his time. If viewed as a single opus, it is a massive work of creativity.
That said, every one of these duets is a genuine musical composition. They are not “just duets”. They are legitimate works of art, each one telling a different story or transporting you to a different place in your mind.
I own a copy of Eddie Lewis’s Celebrations (duets for trumpets). I use it to practice sight reading, in preparation for hard reading gigs, such as Broadway shows, or Salsa shows. Eddie Lewis covers a wide range of styles, key signatures, time signatures, with easier material in the beginning and a slow progression to moderate difficulty, and then things get challenging. Eddie Lewis has incorporated in these duets a tricky use of multiple accidentals, and other brain twisters. I highly recommend this book for reading development, technique, and added endurance. A wealth of material! I am ready for a new book, is there a new release?
I have used Celebrations (duet book) in my private teaching since I first received the book, and have to say that the wide range of styles as well was the wide range of difficulty in the duets makes it a perfect addition to any teacher’s library. The students who have played the duets with me have enjoyed them, as have their parents who heard them through the closed door of my studio.
It’s a great book at a great price and will provide a lot of great music-making.
I love your Daily Routines and music. They’re absolutely wonderful. They have tremendously helped me with my tone, range, and articulation. Your Celebrations duet book is also great for these things on so many levels. I hope someday I can meet you and listen to you play live.
Just received the books. What a wonderful, cheerful, joyous book “Celebrations” is! I intend to “beat my students up” with it. It has something for everyone, from beginner to professional. It’s a playing encyclopedia, pure and simple.
Richard SchafferHouston Symphony (Ret.) - Professor of Trumpet at Onondaga Community Collegehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-schaffer-38b422a – Richard’s LinkdIn Page
Your duets have been a great addition to my teaching. I like to do some sight-reading at each students’ lesson, and in your book there is so much variety and range of styles. Some duets are very simple, which can be deceptively challenging, and others have intervallic and rhythmic demands that are quite ambitious. I also appreciate the “swing” duets, of which there are a number: gone are the days when any trumpeter can ignore being able to play well in this manner. Congratulations on such a fine book, and I’m grateful for your contribution to our quest of becoming better musicians and trumpeters.
Chris GekkerProf. Trumpet an University of Marylandhttp://www.music.umd.edu/faculty/music_directory/wind_and_percussion/chris_gekker – University of Maryland Website