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Words By: Lorenz/Music By: Richard Rodgers - Arranged By: Mark Taylor
Instrumentation: Big Band
Publisher: Hal-Leonard Corporation
Grade 3 1/2 Latin/Bossa Nova Tempo = 120 $40.00
There have been many times when I am at a conference or festival and a director comes up and says, “Hey, wait until you hear my trumpet player!” Now you can just let the music speak for itself with a wonderful new arrangement of “ My Romance” by the very talented arranger, Mark Taylor.
The Latin feel used in this arrangement serves to create a very warm and romantic texture that enhances an already great standard. Harmon mutes for the trumpets and buckets for the bones give a very textured opening for the entrance of the warm flugel horn solo at call letter 14. In the next eight measures there is padding by the saxes playing a counter melody to measure thirty where the bones reenter still in bucket mutes. The mutes are essential to the over-all success of this fine Taylor arrangement. Mark gives the director the option to use flugel horns in the trumpet section when they are not in harmon mutes, and this is a very important texture to include, if possible.
A suggested solo is written out and the changes are included as well, providing for differing levels and abilities of the flugel soloist. The chord changes are very playable by most high school trumpet players and are at a tempo that will allow the soloist to be creative with his/her improvisation.
There are excellent backgrounds written for the soloist and at call letter 73 the entire band is engaged in a tutti section playing a harmonized line. This is a very exciting ensemble section and adds another dimension of color and excitement for the band as well as for the audience. The flugel soloist returns at measure 109 taking an improvised line to a final cadenza.
Mark Taylor has written a chart that will not only thrill the audience, but the soloist who plays this wonderful arrangement as well.
Top note for trumpet F in the staff