Azzura, Air for English Horn and Piano
For English Horn in F and Piano
Notes from composer:
Azzurra, meaning blue in Italian, is a colour of the flag of Friuli Province
where my ‘Trumpet Concerto’ was premiered. It is also where Mr. Ottaviano
Cristofoli (Solo trumpet player of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra) who
served as a soloist of the concerto was born.
‘Trumpet Concerto’ is a single, fifteen minute movement but it consists of
three parts. This ‘Azzurra (Blue Air) corresponds to the second part. In
‘Trumpet Concerto’, this part is played by Flugelhorn.
Ottaviano plays a trumpet beautifully, like a singer. Therefore, this melody
is in G. Verdi or G. Donizetti style. This being an homage to the great
Also of interest is that the name Verdi has the meaning of ‘green’;
however this isnt' the reason that I titled this piece ‘Blue’.