Small nws excemption3 Respighi: Pines of Rome (offstage solo)

Orchestral Excerpts | David Bilger, Trumpet
Bt movie not in use Appears on every orchestral audition 00h:01m:08s
Bt movie not in use Lyrical, connected as possible 00h:01m:36s
Bt movie not in use Evoke a nostalgic sound 00h:01m:58s
Bt movie not in use Concern with portamento and moving the air from end of one note to beginning of next 00h:02m:41s
Bt movie not in use Slow release of first valve for the connection between D-G 00h:03m:00s
Bt movie not in use Phrasing choices 00h:03m:42s
Bt movie not in use Need to play "in time", especially connecting with strings 00h:03m:57s
Bt movie not in use Think about the 8th note pulse on long notes 00h:04m:23s
Bt movie not in use Dynamic - different in auditions than when with orchestra 00h:05m:00s
Bt movie not in use Pitch - G at the top tends to be sharp 00h:06m:21s
Bt movie not in use 1 & 2 valve combo also tend to be sharp (A & E) - use trigger as needed 00h:07m:13s

David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, demonstrates and shares his thoughts on the off-stage trumpet solo in Respighi's Pines of Rome.

Ottorino Respighi



Recorded Date: 12-04-2017

David Bilger

David Bilger holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois. Hailed by the New York Times for his playing of “easy brilliance” and by the Washington Post for his “engaging legato touch,” he has held the position of principal trumpet of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he held the same position with the Dallas Symphony.

As a soloist Mr. Bilger has appeared with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Oakland Symphony, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and others. His solo appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra include recent 2013 performances of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto, a 2008 United States premiere of Herbert Willi’s Eirene for trumpet and orchestra; the Tomasi Trumpet Concerto at Carnegie Hall and on tour in North and South America in 1998; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in February 2003; Copland’s Quiet City in October 2004; and Bloch’s Proclamation in 2006. Mr. Bilger has performed recitals in New York, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other major American cities.

Mr. Bilger has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he recorded Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. Other chamber music appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, the New York Trumpet Ensemble, Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, as well as guest appearances with the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass. He also released a recording of new electro-acoustic music for trumpet and synthesizers with composer Meg Bowles.

Mr. Bilger is currently on the music faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University, and he has formerly been affiliated with the University of Georgia, Swarthmore College, Catholic University, Rice University, and the University of North Texas. He has performed master classes at dozens of institutions, including the Juilliard School of Music, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has also taught at the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute, and most recently at the Aspen Music Festival and School.