Notes from Faraway Places
Suite 1 (I. Krems, Austria – II. Richmond, Virginia – III. Delaware Water Gap, Penn.)
For Unaccompanied Trumpet
By David Sampson

Biographical Info

David Sampson is a trumpet player, teacher and composer living in New Jersey. He has made considerable contributions to 20th and 21st Century trumpet literature by composing more than fifteen works featuring the trumpet as well as works for wind ensemble, brass ensembles of various instrumentation and choirs. Further biographical information on David Sampson can be found here.

Suggested Equipment

Bb trumpet is suggested by the composer.
For the clips included here I used an Eclipse Bb trumpet.

Sampson 1 Krems

Sampson 2 Richmond

Sampson 3 Delaware

Practice/Performance Tips

Notes from Faraway Places is a wonderful book of music by David Sampson.  It contains 3 suites for solo trumpet, each containing 3 movements.  It also contains a suite of duets that also contain 3 movements.  That’s 12 Sampson works for trumpet in all!  It is all fantastic stuff and has found it’s way into my daily practice routine.  I bought my copy through Editions Bim, and you should too!

“Like many trumpet players, I am always looking for new material to practice and perform. There exists a plethora of challenging and musically satisfying solos and etudes from various musical eras, but when I decided to add to our repertoire, the longer, more substantial concert etude attracted me most.
Using extended traditional techniques, these suites are works intended for public performance and require a lyrical, expressive approach throughout.
The “Notes from Faraway Places” were written between 1992-99. Each etude is labeled with the city or area in which it was composed. Two exceptions: Suite 3, Etude 2, “The Crow’s Nest”, is the name of my music studio in Morristown, New Jersey; Suite 3, Etude 3 “Solo”, is a piece for solo flugelhorn that appeared in the International Trumpet Guild Journal in 1992. (Note: I reviewed Solo here.)
The suites call for Bb and Eb Trumpets along with flugelhorn. The duets at the end of each suite use ideas from at least one of the etudes within the suite and as a result, constitute in each case a coda.”
-David Sampson

Suggested Recordings

As of this posting, I know of no commercially available recordings of this work.