Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (2015)
duration: 20’
GRT • 183

recording available
Return Journey
Ensemble Three plays Sonatas by Stuart Greenbaum
Lyrebird Productions, LB061116
ABC Classics, digital, 2018

Youtube excerpt (1st movement)

score available from
Australian Music Centre

program note
I. journey to Mars: 6 to 8 months
interlude: the surface
return journey

Sonata for Trumpet and Piano is written for my colleague Joel Brennan. It is the 8th in a series of sonatas undertaken in the new millennium. Written for trumpet in C the work is cast in two programmatic movements – ‘journey to Mars: 6 – 8 months’ and ‘return journey’. These are separated by a brief interlude for solo piano – ‘the surface’. The Mars One program is notably a one-way mission, whereas NASA’s planned Orion spacecraft would bring the crew back to Earth. As with all journeys, venturing out somewhere new has a different emotional psychology to the return journey and I have sought to reflect that in this work. The premiere performance was given by Joel Brennan with Konrad Olszewski in Melba Hall on 6 November 2016.