Trumpet sonata helps restore loss

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Trumpet sonata  helps restore loss“Where words leave off, music begins.”

— Christian Johann Heinrich Heine

In this case, music provided not only the means to express loss, but a pathway toward healing from it.

Almost a decade ago, local concert pianist Patrick Rindt lost the ability to perform with his right hand because of a permanent shoulder injury. In 2015, he lost his father, Mick — a talented trumpet player and part of a cherished local musical family.

When Patrick began composing in early 2017, he drew upon the memory of his father, as well as the inspiring talent of another local trumpet player, to fulfill his artistic vision for the Sonata for Left-Hand Piano and Trumpet.

In terms of sonic force and agility, few instruments can match the trumpet. However, the classical body of work for this superstar of the brass family has left many musicians wanting more.

“I think the Sonata for Trumpet by Patrick Rindt is significant,” said Simon Austin, the performer who inspired the counterpart to Rindt’s left-hand piano. The professional trumpeter said there are very few works in the sonata format for his chosen instrument “especially anything as unique as what Patrick has written.”

About the time Patrick began to lose his celebrated ability to play immaculately executed piano pieces, he began immersing himself in the study of the elements of musical composition.

As a means of restoring his relationship with the beloved instrument that had become a source of physical agony, Patrick began writing pieces for left-hand-alone piano. Within a short time, he had composed dozens of pieces for solo piano.

Soon thereafter, he began exploring how to add other “voices” to his musical storytelling ambitions.

“The trumpet is a massively underused instrument in this format,” said Patrick. He said that is only partly because of the technological limitations of the trumpet in centuries past. “You also have to consider that putting a trumpet in somebody’s chamber might have been too overpowering.

“But that power, nobility and lyricism, coupled with its capacity for humor and sarcasm, can be used to great effect in modern chambers. Writing up to the trumpet’s potential was an intriguing and exciting challenge,” he said.

“Knowing I had a local trumpeter capable of finding all of those qualities in the extreme, and communicating them to an audience, made the whole idea possible.”

Austin said that the demands of the piece would challenge college-level students, making it a potentially important piece in a trumpeter’s repertoire, on par with Arban’s “Carnival of Venice.”

“My favorite section is what I call ‘the prayer’ in the third movement,” said Austin. “I love all of the melodies, the changing low-note obligato lines and how I feel like I’m Patrick’s right arm when he has the melody I must support.

“Somehow, the solemn lyrical lines in the middle of the third movement really affect me emotionally.”

Austin said he was surprised, and honored, to learn that Patrick composed the piece with him in mind.

“I think of Mick every time I interface with this music … so this piece is extremely special. I can’t help making the connection. I hope family members hear me and think of Mick.

“And I sincerely hope I do justice to this fantastic work of a brilliant composer, Patrick Rindt.”

Patrick Rindt &?Friends will present the original compositions of Rindt, performed with Simon Austin, David Hodgson, Amber Petersen and Darcy Rindt, on Veterans Day weekend at United Methodist Church.

Performances will be held Saturday,?Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at Cosner-Neipp Corp. and at the door.

For more stories about this creative collaboration, see also Facebook.com/PatrickRindt.

Story First Published: 2017-11-03