Richard Lambert Music

7 Up (Op.12 No.1a)

A lively movement for seven trumpets and piano in an extended ternary form using a mixture of styles – from pseudo Irish folk to ballad pop

Composed in 1987, this was first performed by Buccinate Brass Ensemble, in the Walton Room, Highbury House (North Hertfordshire Music Centre), Hitchin on 19 June of that year.

Written especially for the unusual combination of seven trumpets and piano.

Constructed as an extended ternary structure, the outer sections are in a D modal minor key, and the contrasting middle section is in B flat major.

The piece borrows from a mixture of styles: part pseudo Irish-folk in the dorian mode, part jazz, with syncopated rhythms and 'blue' notes, and part popular music with simple tonic-bass harmony, albeit with an individual style of juxtaposing remote chords within a key.

The brass instruments explore a variety of textures and tone colours; mutes are extensively used to provide contrasting timbres.

The piano part gives a strong harmonic support, with occasional melodic interjections.

7 Up was arranged by the composer to form the first movement of Three Dialogues (Op.12) for flute, solo guitar and guitar ensemble. In 1995, it was also turned into Duetto Capriccioso (Op.12 No.1b) for two pianos.


  1. 19 June 1987 Walton Room, Highbury House, North Herts Music Centre, Hitchin (Herts, UK), Buccinate Brass Ensemble, Richard Lambert (piano)


Richard Lambert has written a unique piece for seven trumpets and piano. The style is jazz meets blue-grass meets folk with a lyrical middle section. All seven trumpets are given equal importance and much use is made of various mutes to add colour. It is not an easy piece, all seven players need to be of at least grade 6 standard. The piece is fun to listen to and to play and would make a great concert piece in any music service brass or wind band programme. I wonder if Richard would consider adding optional bass and drum parts?

Malcolm Crane


This recording of 7 Up was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can view and purchase the score of 7 Up from Score Exchange.

If you wish to listen to the piece on that website, select the ‘MP3 file’ link instead of playing the embedded score for better audio quality.

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