Trumpet Voluntary for Trumpet and Piano - by Robert Jordahl.
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Robert Jordahl (b. 1926)
Robert Jordahl was born in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1926. The family moved to Texas in the mid-1930s where he attended public schools. He began studying piano and voice at an early age. His enthusiasm for jazz compelled him to learn jazz idioms and he began playing jazz piano. Following his graduation from high school, Jordahl enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he continued these music activities. After his discharge he returned to his home in San Antonio and entered Trinity University. He received a B.M. degree in Theory/ Composition from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 and an M.M. in Music Education the following year. After teaching choral music for seven years in the Texas public schools Jordahl returned to college and entered the Eastman School of Music, completing a Ph. D. in Theory in 1965. During his Eastman years Jordahl accepted part-time employment as tenor soloist at a Rochester church and Director of Choral Music at Keuka College in nearby Penn Yan, New York. While in Penn Yan, he also served as choirmaster-organist at a local Episcopal church. In 1965 he accepted a position at Alaska Methodist University in Anchorage, Alaska as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music. While there he began serious composition and published his first work, a piece for organ, that appeared in 1967. During these years he taught all of the undergraduate courses in theory and composition as needed and graduate courses in music literature. At McNeese he continued composing and publishing and resumed his church music and jazz activities. In this period Jordahl received several grants including two NEH grants in which he attended summer seminars at the University of Kansas at Lawrence and Dartmouth College. He retired in 1999 and continues to compose actively.
Jordahl's published compositions are now in excess of 80 works including choral music, song cycles, a jazz mass, and chamber music for woodwinds, for brass, and for strings. Also publihsed are his works for orchestra and string orchestra. In addition to many published compositions, Jordahl has written several additional masses in English, anthems and secular chorals, song cycles, a cantata "The Temple," two ballets, and a comic opera, "The Remarkable Talking Bird."
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