The Organ

Diana Burrell: North Star

Diana Burrell: North Star for trumpet and organ. United Music Publishers


First performed on 21 February 2002 in St John's Smith Square by Deborah Calland (trumpet) and Paul Dean (organ), North Star opens with a bold trumpet solo of angular melody and rhythm. The organ enters with a barely audible discord over which the trumpet continues its discourse. The dialogue between the two instruments becomes more equal after a brief organ toccata passage, although an undulating organ passage with shards of light dominates for a few pages until the trumpet joins in again with a very fast moving figure which rises two octaves in one phrase. Undoubtedly a difficult piece to perform or to hear, it is certainly a showpiece which trumpet and organ duos should investigate.