If I am allowed to have a favorite, I would have to say that Celebrations is my favorite of all my books. Besides the fact that it’s fun, challenging and unique, as a complete work it has a significant meaning to me in my life.
I began writing duets again in the early part of this decade. At first I only wrote them for fun. Then I decided to make a project out of it. Then personal tragedy struck and the duets came to represent second chances. In that sense, it’s not just another duet book. My heart and soul is contained within it’s pages.
That said, the book is laid out in a way that lends itself very well for use in private lessons. The individual duets are arranged in a progressive order spanning from easy whole-note duets and progressing to virtuosic duets that present a challenge to most professional players.
Here are a few comments people have made about Celebrations over the past several years:
David H. Bailey – The David Bailey Music Studio, New Hampshire
“I have used Celebrations in my private teaching since I first received the book, and have to say that the wide range of styles as well was the wide range of difficulty in the duets makes it a perfect addition to any teacher’s library. The students who have played the duets with me have enjoyed them, as have their parents who heard them through the closed door of my studio. It’s a great book at a great price and will provide a lot of great music-making.”
Chris Gekker – University of Maryland:
“Your duets have been a great addition to my teaching. I like to do some sight-reading at each students’ lesson, and in your book there is so much variety and range of styles. Some duets are very simple, which can be deceptively challenging, and others have intervallic and rhythmic demands that are quite ambitious. I also appreciate the “swing” duets, of which there are a number: gone are the days when any trumpeter can ignore being able to play well in this manner. Congratulations on such a fine book, and I’m grateful for your contribution to our quest of becoming better musicians and trumpeters.”
“Just received the books. What a wonderful, cheerful, joyous book Celebration is! I intend to “beat my students up” with it. It has something for everyone, from beginner to professional. It’s a playing encyclopedia, pure and simple.”
Lonnie Lalanne – Freelance Trumpeter – Houston:
“I’m on 74, 75 and 76 in your duet book. Man, I just want to thank you for this stuff. It’s really perfect for a pro player to cover those styles and I’m gong to tell you the truth – you’re kind of a jerk though – some of that stuff you do, man, that trickery – I really like it. Thanks Eddie.”
Celebrations was also reviewed in a recent issue of the ITG Journal (Page 99). The reviewer, Brian Winegardner, says:
“The musical quality and ingenuity found in these short compositions is unique, making the playing of these duets extremely enjoyable. Eddie Lewis has created an extraordinary collection of trumpet duets. The variety of styles and difficulty levels found in Celebrations make it a valuable and versatile duet book for all trumpet players, from a high school student to a professional.”