David Sampson (composer)

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David Sampson (born January 26, 1951, Charlottesville, Virginia) is a composer and professional trumpet player. He was Composer-in-Residence with the Colonial Symphony Orchestra from 1998 through 2007. He is a recipient a 2014 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. His major works include The War Prayer for soloists, chorus and orchestra commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and premiered by Princeton Pro Musica; Hommage JFK commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra; Monument commissioned by the Barlow Foundation for the Akron and Memphis symphony orchestras; Turns for Cello and Orchestra commissioned by the Bergen Foundation and cellist Paul Tobias and premiered with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; Triptych for trumpet and orchestra commissioned by the International Trumpet Guild and premiered by Raymond Mase at the Aspen Music Festival and with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; Dectet commissioned by the Chicago Chamber Musicians; Elements commissioned by the Elements Quartet; Strata commissioned by the NEA and the American Brass Quintet; Jersey Rain commissioned by the NEA and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and premiered by Harmonium and Masterworks Choruses and the Colonial Symphony.

Other works include Breathing Lessons for saxophone quartet commissioned by Chamber Music America for the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, Three Portraits for tuba and orchestra commissioned by Scott Mendoker; Short Stories commissioned by Chamber Music Americaand the Pew Charitable Trusts; Elements commissioned by the Elements Quartet; Four Winds commissioned by the Chelsea Chamber Ensemble; Moving Parts written for the Randolph Wind Ensemble, David Aulenbach, conductor; and Simple Lives commissioned by the Colonial Symphony.


  • The Skein for Soprano and Piano, 1973
  • Fanfare for Canterbury Cathedral for Double Brass Quintet, 1978
  • The Mysteries Remain for Trumpet and Piano, 1979
  • O Blessed Face for Flute, Harp, Organ and Chorus, 1978
  • Permit Me Voyage for Viola and Piano, 1978
  • Passage for Viola and Flugelhorn, 1979
  • Flashback for Percussion Quartet, 1980
  • Litany of Breath for Solo Trumpet:, 1980
  • The Endless Instant for Clarinet and Percussion, 1980
  • Cuttings for Piano, 1980
  • The Notes Fit To Print for Orchestra, 1980[1]
  • Trumpet Descants on Festive Hymns, 1981
  • In Memoriam: W.E.S. for Woodwind Quintet, 1981
  • Peace for a cappella Chorus,1981
  • Flight for Three Trumpets, 1982
  • The Birthday for Soprano, Oboe, Violincello and Harp, 1982
  • Winter Ceremony for Two Trumpets and Percussion, 1983
  • Trumpet Descants on Christmas Hymns, 1983
  • Nine Times Mime for Oboe, Harp and Percussion, 1983
  • The War Prayer (1984-5) One-Act Opera for Six Soloists, SATB Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, 1984-5
  • Behold How Good and Lovely It Is for Chorus and Organ, 1984
  • Four Scenes and an Epilogue for Soprano, String Quartet and Harp, 1984
  • Echoes and Other Ghosts for Brass Quintet, 1986
  • Morning Music for Brass Quintet, 1986
  • Three Christmas Scenes for Flute/Picc., Oboe/English Horn, Violoncello, Piano and Chorus, 1987
  • Points for Brass Octet and Percussion, 1983 rev 1987
  • In Time for Bass Trombone, Piano and Percussion, 1988
  • The Song My Paddle Sings for Chorus a cappella, 1987
  • The Figured Wheel for Soprano, Oboe/English Horn, Bassoon and Piano, 1988
  • Reflections on a Dance for Fourteen Brass and Two Percussion, 1988
  • Our Father’s Road: A Cantata for New Sweden for Narrator, Soprano, Oboe/English Horn, Violoncello, Piano and Percussion, *1989
  • Three Portraits for Tuba Solo and Chamber Orchestra, 1990
  • Distant Voices for Brass Quintet, 1990
  • Simple Lives for Orchestra, 1990
  • Triptych for Trumpet Solo and Orchestra, 1991
  • Solo for Flugelhorn unaccompanied, 1991
  • Four Winds for Wind Quartet, 1991
  • Sonata Forty for Horn and Piano, 1991
  • Without Warning for Piano, 1992
  • Shout for Joy! for Brass Quartet, Organ and Choir, 1992
  • Three Arguments for unaccompanied Violoncello, 1993
  • Westfield Fanfare for Thirteen Brass and Three Percussion, 1993
  • Short Stories for Wind Quintet, 1994
  • Emma’s Dance for Tuba and Piano, 1994
  • Praise! for Choir and Organ, 1994
  • Turns for Violoncello and Orchestra, 1994
  • Evensong for Tuba and Computer, 1995
  • Hommage JFK for Fourteen Brass and Three Percussion, 1995
  • Monument for Orchestra, 1996–97
  • Voices of Our Youth for Flute, Viola, Violoncello, Harp and Chorus, 1997
  • Serenade for Flugelhorn and String Orchestra, 1998
  • Dectet for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello, and Double Bass, 1998
  • Strata for Brass Quintet:, 1999
  • Notes from Faraway Places: Three Suites of Concert Etudes for one or two Trumpets, 2000
  • Concerto for Dancers and String Orchestra, 2000
  • The Elements for String Quartet, 2001
  • Jersey Rain for Baritone Solo, Chorus and Orchestra, 2001
  • Duncan Trio for Brass Trio, 2002
  • Breathing Lessons for Saxophone Quartet, 2002
  • Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra, 2003
  • Moving Parts for Wind Ensemble, 2003
  • New Providence Overture for Orchestra, 2003
  • Entrance/Exit for Brass Quintet, 2003
  • Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and String Orchestra, 2004
  • Breakaway for Two Trumpets and Electronics, 2004
  • Serenata for Tuba and Wind Ensemble, 2005
  • Breathing Lessons' for String Quartet, 2006
  • Serenade for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble, 2006
  • Outburst for Wind Ensemble, 2006
  • Sketches for Violin and Marimba, 2007
  • Morning Pages for Trumpet unaccompanied, 2005–07
  • A Vanished World for Flute unaccompanied, 2007[2]
  • Millbrook Suite for Wind Ensemble, 2008 [3]
  • Double Back for Solo Trumpet and Trombone with Wind Ensemble, 2016[4]


  1. ^ Morris, Anne (July 19, 1981). "Newspaper's slogan inspires composer's work". The New York Times. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "David Sampson, Composer". Davidsampsoncomposer.com. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  3. ^ "David Sampson, Composer". Davidsampsoncomposer.com. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  4. ^ "Rex Richardson commissions 4 new concerti through VCU research grant". International Trumpet Guild. Retrieved December 10, 2017.