Bart Marantz NPR/KERA Jazz Education Interview
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"If I Should Lose You"
Written By: Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger
Arranged By: Jeff Jarvis
Instrumentation: Combo (Trumpet/Alto sax/Tenor Sax/Trombone/Piano/Guitar/Bass/Drums
Or any variation of the above mentioned instrumentation)
Publisher: Kendor Music, Inc.
Grade 3 Bossa Nova Tempo (Quarter Note) q = 120 $20.00
“If I Should Lose You” is a beautiful standard put into a Bossa Nova feel, giving it just the right touch for this small group setting. This style just compliments what is already a beautiful melody. With this thought in mind all musicians should strive for a connected, legato, concept throughout. This is especially important during contrapuntal passages. Try to control the dynamic level during the entire melodic statement prior to the open solo section leaving plenty of “headroom” for this excellent chart to gain intensity in the modulated section. As always, observing articulations will make for an accurate rendering of this nice change of pace combo arrangement.
For added effect, have your trumpet player switch to flugelhorn at the beginning, and switch to trumpet after the solo section for the remainder of the chart. Also, if trombone is used, playing with a bucket mute until the solo section ends will beautifully compliment the mellow timber of the flugelhorn.
This is a great tune arranged very well and if a small group is on your campus this year, this arrangement should be in their book.
Top note for trumpet is written G above the staff