Taking the Plung-r
by Nicolas Scherzinger
Duration: 4 minutes
for trumpet ensemble (six players)
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Above live performance is by the Kinhaven Trumpet Ensemble,
Micah Killion, director.
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Taking the Plunge-r was composed in 2008 specifically for the Syracuse University Trumpet ensemble, who asked for a new work to be premiered at the 2008 International Trumpet Guild Conference, Banff, Canada. The piece calls for 6 trumpets and uses many different mutes throughout (straight, harmon and plunger). It is a short, punchy, four-minute fanfare, very rhythmic and energetic from beginning to end. One of the primary musical devices used in the piece is the idea of contrast. Often, musical ideas are juxtaposed against one another by using different colors, such as muted versus unmuted trumpet (at the very beginning of the piece), or harmon-mute versus straight-mute. The piece may be performed with a bit of theatre added, by asking the performers to move to different positions, which is meant to bring out the antiphonal effect of the juxtaposed sounds. The title is a bit of a play on words and is fairly evident. “Taking the plunge” can mean, “to thrust or throw forcefully into a substance or place.” The “-r” adds the obvious trumpet mute reference to the title, and could thus mean, “to thrust or throw forcefully the plunger mute,” as the performers often do near the end of the piece, with the plunger needing to be applied very quickly. Taking the Plunge-r is dedicated to the Syracuse University Trumpet Ensemble with admiration and gratitude.