Azzurra, meaning blue in Italian, is a colour of the flag of Friuli Province
where my 'Trumpet Concerto' was premiered. It is also where Mr. Ottaviano
Cristofoli (Solo trumpet player of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra ) who
served as a soloist of the concerto was born.
'Trumpet Concerto' is a single, fifteen minute movement but it consists of
three parts. This 'Azzurra (Blue Air ) corresponds to the second part. In
'Trumpet Concerto', this part is played by Flugelhorn.
Ottaviano plays a trumpet beautifully, like a singer. Therefore, this melody
is in G. Verdi or G. Donizetti style. This being an homage to the great
Also of interest is that the name Verdi has the meaning of 'green';
however this isnt' the reason that I titled this piece 'Blue'.
(Yasuhide Ito )