Student: Hi, Professor Mahler.
Professor: I hope you're warmed up, because I've got a lot of stuff I am expecting you to play well for me today.
Student: What kind of stuff, Professor Mahler?
Professor: Contained in my scores is enough stuff to keep trumpet players at the peak of their game, and audiences coming back for more for a long time to come. Now, let's take a look at your daily agenda. Make sure to cover as many of these items as possible every day!
PROFESSOR MAHLER'S TRUMPET STUFF:
- soft as possible
- loud as possible
- lyric sweetness not expected of trumpet players
- long fluid chorales in all registers
- gnarly fanfares, fast and slow, soft and loud
- sudden rude pokes and jabs
- the mean and the ugly (the spirit, not the tone)
- high note diminuendos to nothing
- the mother of all offstage solos!
- shocking and unexpected entrances
- huge leaps in a single bound, soft and loud, fast and slow
- highest note, lowest note
- the longest note ever
- very quiet triplets on a low C sharp
- offstage screech part
- transposition always required
- complete accuracy always expected
Student: Gee, professor, I'm not sure I am ready to do all of that stuff! You see, I have many issues and problems that must be solved. What can you suggest for all of my ailments?
Professor Mahler: What I have written is all you will ever need.