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“Heavenly Descants for Trumpet is a fantastic and comprehensive new resource for trumpeters everywhere. Every trumpet player, from students to professionals, will find these wonderful new descants useful in their church performances. Congratulations Susan on a tremendous project that all trumpeters should have in their library!”

Michael Sachs

Principal Trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra

Easter Hymn

by Susan Messersmith, composer and performer

Nettleton II

by Susan Messersmith, composer and performer

Heavenly Descants is a volume of hymn descants based on 118 hymn tunes available in two editions, one for C trumpet and one for B-flat trumpet.

The melodies have been checked with the harmonies in a variety of hymnals from different denominations and each page indicates which hymnal can be used.

In particular, the Methodist, Episcopal, and 3 different Lutheran hymnals.  References to a Baptist hymnal are currently being finished and the new Presbyterian (PCUSA) hymnals will be referenced in the very near future.

  • Amateurs, as well as professionals, will find Heavenly Descants a welcome addition to their trumpet repertoire.

  • The melodies can also be played on other B♭ instruments like the Clarinet, and other C instruments, such as the violin and flute.

  • Bass clef instrumentalists who are able to read treble clef would also enjoy the book.

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