Knapp by Peter Ivan Edwards

from The Yasser Collection by Stephen Altoft

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Knapp The 19-div trumpet offers smaller intervals and a set of pitches that are near those one is more accustomed to in music. In this regards, the sense of “nearly” or “just about” reoccurred to me when listening to this tuning. The German word knapp encompasses this sense. My work fashions a short dramatic course by threading a series of associations that start and end with the word knapp: the word “nearly” leads to “bordering on” which leads to “edges”. These simple English words or phrases develop toward very remote ideas like bonus and premium. For its part, the music reinforces the text through characterization and reference.


from The Yasser Collection, released May 28, 2019


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Stephen Altoft is dedicated to the creation of new repertoire for the trumpet. As a solo artist, and with percussionist Lee Ferguson as duo Contour, he has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada.

He is particularly working on microtonal trumpets and microtonal flugelhorn, with Donald Bousted, as Microtonal Projects.
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