Author Archives: David Cooper

Pietzsch 2

My summer project is to record all the Pietzsch Etudes (22).  I am using #13 for the ensemble audition requirement for the trumpets at UW-Platteville, so I thought that I would make a demo recording of it for them.  That little project was so much fun that I decided to...

Pietzsch 1

My summer project is to record all the Pietzsch Etudes (22).  I am using #13 for the ensemble audition requirement for the trumpets at UW-Platteville, so I thought that I would make a demo recording of it for them.  That little project was so much fun that I decided to...

Pietzsch Etude 13

My summer project is to record all the Pietzsch Etudes (22).  I am using #13 for the ensemble audition requirement for the trumpets at UW-Platteville, so I thought that I would make a demo recording of it for them.  That little project was so much fun that I decided to...

Musician Etiquette

Doing a quick search for “Musician Etiquette” will bring up dozens of hits like this one.  I’ve read through a bunch of them and they all share good common sense advice.  So, I thought I might as well post a set of etiquette ideas on this site as well.  Hopefully,...

Sight Reading

Who wants to do some sight reading!?  Who wants to do some sight reading in front of your teacher!?  How about in front of a jury committee?  Or, how about sight reading at an audition for your “dream job”? I am guessing that these ideas were not registering very high...

Just Another Song and Dance

I had a teacher say to me a long time ago that all music, whether it is a piece, movement, section or phrase, falls in to one of two categories; it’s either a song or a dance.  What he meant by that is our interpretation is guided by a set...

Friedman Solus

Title Solus Four Movements for Unaccompanied Trumpet (1975) Stan Friedman (1951 – ) Biographical Info STANLEY FRIEDMAN’S music has been premiered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, l’Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the Memphis Symphony, the Northwestern University Orchestra and by major soloists in festivals around...

My Ideal

Hello everyone.  I created this website to be a resource for educational thoughts and posts.  I’ve tried to not use it as a platform to advertise my gigs and other self-promotion.  However, this particular post is just simply documentation of one of my most proud moments in music.  My school...

Mad Toast Live! w/Johannes

A few years back UW-Madison hired Johannes Wallmann to head their jazz program.  He is a pianist, composer and educator and now good friend.  As way of “introducing himself” to our music community he put together a few very cool musical projects.  The one that I am featuring here is...