Music by John Hails in new CD release
'enlightenment' for solo microtonal trumpet was written for Stephen Altoft, and premiered at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh on 4th November 2016.
The work 'transcribes' the final poem that the poet Simon Howard uploaded to his blog before his early and untimely death.
This is the second version of the work that John has completed, the first having been composed for solo harp.
The work is an attempted expression of the unsayable with the trumpet repeatedly attempting to articulate something against a wash of the sounds of clocks, falling water, and the cries of foxes.

Date posted

20 March 2018

Microtonal Projects is delighted to announce the release of its latest limited edition CD, RASP- Stephen Altoft’s second solo CD in which he exclusively plays music written for his unique 19-division or 19 note-per-octave trumpet.

19-division (19-div) refers to 19 nominally equal steps within an octave, a very close relation to 1/3rd comma meantone temperament which was discovered in the early 16th Century.

The CD features new works in a variety of styles, solo or with electronics or malletKat, by a broad cross section of international composers written especially for the 19-div trumpet between 2012-16, and begins with Altoft’s stunning composition ‘RASP’ which lends the CD its title.

The other composers represented are Eleri Angharad Pound (UK); Todd Harrop (CA); Casey Hale (US); Ephraim Wegner (DE); Jim Dalton (US); John Hails (UK); Donald Bousted (UK); Dong Zhou (CN); Manfred Stahnke (DE) and Elizabeth Adams (US).

As with ‘The Yasser Collection’, Altoft’s first solo CD in 19-div, this second CD is produced by Donald Bousted, and Stephen is joined by his long-standing duo partner, Lee Ferguson in Bousted’s ‘My Josephine, Your Pretty Scale Trumpet’.

Stephen Altoft is a new music trumpeter and has commissioned many pieces, microtonal and otherwise. He plays with duo Contour, Ensemble Linea (Strasbourg), Harald Kimmig’s 'Human Factory Band' and pianist, Elmar Schrammel. He has toured in many countries and gives illustrated lectures with Donald Bousted on ‘The Microtonal Trumpet’ - their free, pdf book on the The Microtonal Trumpet is available through the Microtonal Projects website.


Available from price £12