Poème héroïque pour trompette solo en ut, cor solo en fa et orchestre

Genre

Orchestral Music

Date

September 8, 1946

Location

Paris

Instrumentation

Horn, Orchestra, Trumpet, Trumpet

Orchestral Instrumentation

Solo Horn & Solo Trumpet 3[1.2.P] 2 3[1.2.Bc] 4[1.2.3.cbn]

3 2 3 1 T+4 2hp cel str (10.10.8.6.4)

Perc: Bass Drum, snare drum, maracas, cymbals

Duration

0:27:00

Manuscript Status

Alain Decruck collection [BOX 1]

Description

  1. Moderato
  2. Andante espressivo
  3. Final

Written in 1946, Poême Héroïque is a double concerto for solo trumpet, horn and orchestra. The work often features the two solo instruments in imitation and is a fantastic example of Decruck’s mature style. Divided into 3 contrasting movements, the work is notable for its use of contrasting time signatures like 24/16 and 2/4. It is unknown whether the work was ever performed or who it was written for. Decruck moved to Marblehead, Massachusetts the following year and in 1948 created a reduction of the work for solo trumpet and piano. It is likely that she created this version for Roger Voisin, the famous, French principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Decruck scratched out her last name Decruck and replaced it with her maiden name Breilh, a mark of her recent separation (later divorce) from her husband Maurice.

The manuscript collection contains a full score, solo horn part, solo trumpet part, 3rd version for trumpet and piano (both piano and trumpet parts), 4th definitive version for trumpet and piano (both piano and trumpet parts) and a first version of the piano score. A preview of the manuscript score can be seen below.