Quiet City by Aaron Copland, for solo English Horn (or Oboe) and Trumpet, with an orchestral reduction piano accompaniment. Arranged by J. Brodbin Kennedy. Sheet Music – £ – This piece frpom American composer Aaron Copland is for Trumpet and English Horn (or Oboe) and String Orchestra. I’m looking for Copland’s “Quiet City” trumpet part or all score with piano. Please, send me to [email protected], that’s very immportant for.

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Aaron Copland ‘s breathtakingly evocative Quiet City was finished in It was actually based on thematic material Copland had previously incorporated within a suite of incidental music written for a play by Irwin Shaw.

This intensely concentrated tableau was characterized by its director as “a realistic fantasy Irwin Shaw’s play focused on two main characters. The first was a young Jewish boy, awestruck by the steely modernity of his city environment, yet still profoundly in touch with his own feelings and heritage.

The obverse figure is that of a poor, dispossessed, and lonely man, for whom the city provides no refuge. These two personalities were portrayed in Copland ‘s original incidental music by a jazz trumpet solo played by the Jewish boy, and a disconsolate, idly limping string theme, which according to Copland signified “the slogging gait” of a vagrant.


Quiet City, one of Aaron Copland ‘s most internationally performed concert works, takes the form of a short through-composed suite, encapsulating the essence of Shaw’s play. The music begins and ends with a depiction of the still night air of the slumbering city, invoked by the improvisatory sounds of the trumpeter, with the English horn portraying the homeless man. The spaciousness of Copland ‘s musical textures has often been compared to the vastness of the American landscape, and Quiet City was emblematic of ttrumpet urban, internalized facet of Americana.

As Virgil Queit wrote, Copland ‘s orchestration was “plainer, cleaner-coloured, deeply imaginative Ciity relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use quidt site fully.

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