David Erskine | Janus - Single

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Janus - Single

by David Erskine

Trumpet and piano, contemporary classical, begins and ends with catchy counterpoint, middle is dark and moody
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Janus - Herald and Introspection, for Trumpet and Piano
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Album Notes
Composed by David Erskine, Dec 14-18, 1995
Trumpet - Richard House
Piano - David Erskine
Recorded live in rehearsal January 4, 1996, 1st Congregational Church of Berkeley
Playing time 8:50

For the January 6, 1996 recital I invited my trumpet playing step-brother Richard House to participate, to play some pieces with accompanist Irene Jacobson, and I to play my solo piano pieces (tracks on CD Expressions and CD Self-Portrait). With 3 weeks to go, I took the opportunity of Rick's presence to try my hand at a trumpet-piano piece, and I composed this piece "Janus" for the occasion. This was actually my first effort composing for another instrument besides piano, and my first performance accompanying another player. I wanted a cheerful heralding piece to begin the concert, so Janus begins with a joyful counterpoint.  The middle section is dark and brooding to act as a foil.  With these light/dark contrasting sections, it seemed appropriate to name the piece after the Roman god Janus, who is identified with doors, gates, and all beginnings and is represented artistically with two opposite faces.

I just love the trumpet and piano combination and your compositions and arrangements...well, you've got something grand and special in creativity....
-- Connie T

I listened to your tracks while I was in Japan and again when I got back today. It is a rare privilege to hear such wonderful music and to know the composer / artist. I played it for some friends today and they were also thrilled. I think the Janus track in particular evokes an emotion of pastoral calm that truly engages. And it is impossible to believe that you are self taught!!!
--Robert E.

I listened to it this morning.  It's beautiful! your step-brother is really good!  It really should be on a cd.  You and Rick sound great together!
--Rosemarie D.



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