|A Trumpeter's Lullaby
Composed for orchestra, A Trumpeter's Lullaby was completed on September 22, 1949. It is 2 minutes and 30 seconds long. It was first performed on May 9, 1950 at the Boston Pops with Arthur Fiedler conducting and Roger Voisin trumpet. It was first recorded on June 18, 1950 in analog mono sound with Arthur Fiedler conducting the Boston Pops, Roger Voisin trumpet. First recorded by the composer on September 11, 1950, in analog mono sound. It was re-recorded in analog stereo sound by the composer on May 26, 1959. It has become a staple of the trumpet repertoire and has been recorded by Doc Severinson and Al Hirt, among others.
Composer Quote: "The next number (A Trumpeter's Lullaby) had its beginning backstage at Symphony Hall in Boston. In addition to composing and conducting, I was arranger for the Boston pops Orchestra for a number of years --- and after one of the concerts I was sitting talking with the conductor Arthur Fiedler and the first trumpet of the Boston pops, Roger Voisin. Suddenly Roger Voisin asked me why I didn't write a trumpet solo for him to play with the orchestra that would be different from traditional trumpet solos which are all loud, martial or triumphant. After thinking it over, it occurred to me that I had never heard a lullaby for trumpet so I set out to write one --- with a quiet melody based on bugle notes played by the trumpet and with the rest of the orchestra playing a lullaby background."