July 14, 2004 | Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
How the Trumpet Got Its Toot
Composer:Anthony Plog
Librettist:Anthony Plog
How the Trumpet got its Toot is the story of a Trumpet who is born to 2 brass Candlesticks. He soon realizes that he has a different destiny than his parents, and that he was meant to play music. His parents are against this, but soon he meets an enthusiastic Tuba who tells him of a wonderful city called Sinfonia, where everybody plays and loves to listen to music. They depart for Sinfonia, where they meet a Flute who teaches Trumpet about music and life. At the end of Act 1 an announcement is made that a contest will be held to pick a new Herald for the mayor. Act 2 Scene 1 is the contest, and after a good start the Trumpet goes for a high note and misses it horribly. He leaves the stage in disgrace. In the final scene, the Trumpet walks in a disconsolate daze through the streets of Sinfonia. He notices that a fire has started from some of the remaining embers, so he plays a fanfare, loud and true, and this saves the town. He is made the mayor's new Herald, and has found his true calling. Although this opera is humorous and light, it deals with many of the themes that have always faced young people: leaving your parents to pursue your own destiny, trying to discover what exactly that destiny is, learning the lessons of life, dealing with rejection, and following your dreams.

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Musical Style
humorous and tonal

Vocal & Musical Forces
Principal Roles:Trumpet , Tuba, Flute, Secondary Roles (all characters are instruments or objects): 2 parents (candlesticks), Mayor/narrator, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Strings, Percussion

Original Cast
Trumpet - Anthony Zoeller Tuba - Steven Timoner Flute - Carolyn Talboys Klassen Parents - Lynnette Arbizu and James Murphy

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