Analysis of Roberto Sierra’s Rapsodia for Solo Trumpet and Wind Ensemble
Most of the new repertoire for solo trumpet and large ensemble consists of a hard or professional level, employing traditional forms like concertos, themes, and variations. Roberto Sierra's Rapsodia for Solo Trumpet and Wind Ensemble is an atonal piece that breaks with conventional musical forms and brings a new language to the solo trumpet literature. Sierra’s (1953) elaborate and mature catalog published by Subito Music Corporation is currently being performed in prestigious venues and ensembles all over the world. The purpose of this investigation is to explore the contribution Roberto Sierra makes to the trumpet repertoire with Rapsodia for Solo Trumpet and Wind Ensemble by analyzing the piece and interviewing Roberto Sierra, Steven Trinkle, and Brian Shaw. Roberto Sierra’s Rapsodia for Solo Trumpet and Wind Ensemble has excellent potential for performance as well as meaningful pedagogical applications. Therefore, it should be considered more seriously as a standard piece in the trumpet repertoire.