Lucy Bremner [Age 13, Vic]

Composition: The Trumpeter’s Delight

Listen to Lucy’s composition performed by the Queensland Youth Orchestra.

Listen to Lucy’s original composition submitted with her entry.

My name is Lucy Bremner and I am 12 years old.  I was born in Auckland, New Zealand and moved to Melbourne when I was 8.

I started playing the piano when I was 4, learning the Suzuki Method.  When I moved to Melbourne I sat my first AMEB piano exam and I am about to complete my Grade 7 comprehensive piano exam.

I started playing the flute when I started at school in Melbourne and have just started learning the piccolo.  I am preparing for my Grade 6 flute exam.

I also enjoy playing the guitar and singing.

My younger sister Molly who is 9, is about to complete her Grade 5 Cello exam.  We are a very musical family.

I am in Year 7 at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar school and I am involved in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Lowther Orchestra, Piano Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Lowther Singers and Senior School Concert Choir.

This year I participated in the Melbourne Youth Orchestra Summer School and even had a solo on flute.

I dive for Diving Victoria in their High Performance Development Squad.  I also enjoy exercising with my family.

My dream is to attend The Juilliard School in New York.

Composition Inspiration

My piece, called A Trumpeter’s Delight is my first composition.

My inspiration for this piece comes from my mum.  My mum will randomly hum or sing tunes that are out of the ordinary and sometimes these get stuck in my head.

I enjoy the sound of the trumpet so decided to use the trumpet as the main instrument in the melody. I made the trumpet as annoying and loud as I possibly could as it was sure to catch the audience’s attention.  Then I made another melody that was loud and simple.  After perfecting the simple melodies I moved it into a full orchestra score, with all the instruments I could use.

Building the other instruments around the trumpet wasn’t easy, but I managed to get the hang of it after a couple of bars.  When I was finished composing the accompaniment melodies I realised some of the melodies were too simple so I made them more complex.

As this was my first time composing I was fixated with using all of the instruments on offer but soon realised it doesn’t always work.

I was lucky enough to have two of my teachers from school listen to my composition and give me feedback.