Wood, Geoffrey Peter
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The advancements of internet sharing, streaming, and digital recording technology in the 21st century allow musicians and listeners access to music on a global level. This cultural exposure inspires the creation of music that does not fit the traditional genre labels previously used to categorize music. With that in mind, classical music needs to follow suit and embrace this blending of concepts, styles, and genres in order to stay relevant and continue to reach new listeners. The goal of this project is to push the boundaries of what is conventionally thought of as solo repertoire for the trumpet. Five composers were selected and given the task of including stylistic characteristics from other musical genres in their compositions. The result of their efforts contain stylistic elements from jazz, pop, hip-hop, and electronic music, as well as the utilization of 20th century compositional techniques. The pieces and composers selected for this project are: Cräyons by Patrick Geren, the leaf has turned to stone by Samuel Wells, the Second Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Dr. John Hennecken, Death of a Star by the author and Drew Morton and Draw A Picture of Nobody by Brian Lewis Smith. This document discusses the background of the compositions and composers as well as provides programmatic information and topics for the consideration of future performers.