Philip Smith, former Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, joins Barbara Haws to discuss the opening of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy, and the post horn solo from Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. Philharmonic trumpet players discussed are William Vacchiano, Harry Glantz, Max Schlossberg, and John Ware.
Solo trumpet and strings––what a great combination! I was undoubtedly influenced by Copland's Quiet City and the spirit of Gershwin. So there you have it: three Jewish boys from New York. Long ago I was a trumpet player who had studied with Ed Treutel, a student of Max Schlossberg. This is an expanded version of a piano piece I wrote in 1968, a difficult year in American history.
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