Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Trumpeter’s Lullaby

Roger Voisin, first trumpet of the Boston Pops, was born in 1918. Composer Leroy Anderson (1908–1975) wrote “Roger Voisin asked me why I didn’t write a trumpet solo for him to play with the orchestra that would be different from traditional trumpet solos which are all loud, martial or triumphant. After thinking it over, it occurred to me that I had never heard a lullaby for trumpet so I set out to write one—with a quiet melody based on bugle notes played by the trumpet and with the rest of the orchestra playing a lullaby background.” (Source: