Richard Lambert Music

Voluntary in B flat (Op.34 No.1)

A ceremonial piece for trumpet and organ

This short voluntary, suitable for ceremonial occasions, exploits a rhythmic interplay between the two soloists.

It is structured in five sections: A B A1 C A2. However, the first episode is primarily for organ, and is a mere eight bars before the trumpet insists on restating the main theme; the second episode is considerably longer, at 34 bars, and is more relaxed in character.

The main theme returns to conclude the piece, highlighting the trumpet's stirring upper register.

Performances

  1. 1 May 2010 at the Maytime Concert of Words and Music at St John’s Church, Batheaston, near Bath. Tom Ashby (trumpet)
  2. 7 May 2011 at Shotley Farm House, Harringworth, Northants for the composer’s 60th birthday celebration. Tom Ashby (trumpet)

Listen

The first recording of Voluntary in B flat was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording. The second recording is of a performance by Tom Ashby on 1 May 2010.

Purchase

You can view and purchase the score of Voluntary in B flat 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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