Jim Beckel


Dialogues by James Beckel, Mvt 1, A Sense of Urgency

This chamber work was commissioned by the Ronen Chamber Ensemble. Apologies if the score doesn’t always sync with the music. It goes by so fast! It is a four-movement piece, and you will hear the first movement. If you stick around till the end, you will see a picture of the performers. They are amazing, proving that this difficult work is not impossible to play.

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Jim Beckel String Quartet No 1 Mvt 3

You can follow along with the score while listening to this video. The performers are Dean Franke and Mary Anne Dell’ Aquila on violins, Susan Chan on viola, and Dennis McCafferty, cello. Dean Franke and Susan Chan commissioned the quartet while they were in residence at the University of Indianapolis. Let us know if you want to hear the other two movements at www.jimbeckelmusic.com

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Cover art is by Lynda Beckel

Trombone Concerto Mvt 1 by James Beckel

This video is of a trombone concerto that I wrote. I also have band and orchestra versions of this. Contact me at www.jimbeckelmusic.com for more information. The orchestra version was premiered with Joe Alessi! The soloist on this video is Jim Beckel (yes, the composer) and the pianist is synthesizer. Please share this video with all your trombone player friends.

Available at Hickey’s Music. https://www.hickeys.com/music/brass/t…

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James Beckel : In the Mind’s Eye (2011)

James Beckel (*1948) : In the Mind’s Eye – Images for horn and orchestra (2011) – The Lafayette Symphony – Nick Palmer, conductor – Sharon Weyser, Renee Burian, Drew Wright, Jancie Philippus, horns (live performance) 1. [00.13] Ingrid Calame (1965) : From # 258 Drawing (Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the L.A. River) (2007) – Indianapolis Museum of Art (USA) 2. [04.42] Robert E Weaver (1913-1991) : Daniel in the Lion’s Den (1952) – Indianapolis Museum of Art (USA) 3. [10.35] Georges-Daniel de Monfreid (1856-1929) : Roussillon Landscape (1889) – Indianapolis Museum of Art (USA) 4. [13.15] Georges Seurat (1859-1891) : Le canal de Gravelines, petit port Philippe (The Channel at Gravelines, Petit Fort Philippe) (1890) – Indianapolis Museum of Art (USA) 5. [15.57] Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) : East Cowes Castle, the Seat of J. Nash, Esq., the Regatta Beating to Windward (1828) – Indianapolis Museum of Art (USA) 

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The Glass Bead Game, James Beckel

Performed May 28th, 2015 Brigham Young University – Idaho Symphony Orchestra Robert Tueller, conductor

David A. Jones, horn David Jones was one of two winners selected to perform with the BYU-Idaho Symphony Orchestra as part of BYU-Idaho’s Winter 2015 Concerto Festival.

Uploaded with permission from the composer.

The Glass Bead Game: The Call and Awakening

The Glass Bead Game: The Call and Awakening · James Beckel · Eric Rombach-Kendall · University of New Mexico Wind Symphony · JD Shaw

Tales of Imagination

℗ 2012 Summit Records

Released on: 2012-03-13

A Christmas Fanfare - James Beckel | U.S. Coast Guard Band

A Christmas Fanfare was written for the Indianapolis Symphony in 1994. This fanfare was conceived as a prelude to Leroy Anderson’s A Christmas Festival. Brilliant brass and percussion announce the holiday season!

Liberty for All — Bank of America Celebration at the Station — 2015

Liberty, Freedom, hope. Characteristics ingrained in all americans — Enjoy this moving celebration of the traits that make us all a part of the greatest nation.

Michael Stern, Music Director Kansas City Symphony John Amos, Narrator Liberty for All was composed by Jim Beckel. 

In The Mind's Eye by James Beckel

Written by ISO Principal Trombone (and composer) Jim Beckel, In the Mind’s Eye, Images for Horns and Orchestra features the five members of the ISO Horn Section and is inspired by paintings from the collections of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. This video was shot and edited by the IMA’s New Media Dept. and features Jim and IMA Senior Curator Ellen Lee.

"From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond" by James Beckel

On May 8 and 9, the Boston Pops were honored to have special guest NASA Astronaut Sunita L Williams (Captain, U.S. Navy, Ret.) narrate the tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, “From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond” by composer James Beckel.

This tribute will be featured all season long. bit.ly/2ShAN39

WILLIAM SHATNER narrates "From the Earth, to the Moon, and Beyond" by James Beckel

Special guest WILLIAM SHATNER narrates “From the Earth, to the Moon, and Beyond” by James Beckel, performed by The USAF Band of Mid-America Concert Band. Featured on the 2019 CD release “Blue Horizons and Beyond!”

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Gardens of Stone - James Beckel | U.S. Coast Guard Band

The title of James Beckel’s Gardens of Stone refers to the resting places of our nation’s fallen heroes. Narration is performed by Adm. Thad Allen, 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard, and includes the inspiring words of President Ronald Reagan, General Dwight Eisenhower, and President Abraham Lincoln.

The piece begins with a quiet growth of sound representing a “Sunrise at Arlington Cemetery.” “Past Battles” is depicted by more agitated, repetitive music that evokes both the human force of determination and the percussive force of artillery. The use of the Civil War song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” represents the prayer that all soldiers in harm’s way might return home safely. The battle culminates with a shortened “21 Gun Salute”, and an embellished version of “Taps”, which portrays our heavy-hearted response. Abraham Lincoln’s words usher in more hopeful sounds. He speaks of Gettysburg as the battlefield and burial ground, symbolic of all the final resting places of our fallen soldiers, and consecrated by “the last full measure of devotion” displayed by those lost. These sacred places of honor renew the promise of freedom on which our great nation was founded. Gardens of Stone pays tribute to military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the United States of America.

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CCM Horn Choir: Portraits of the American West (Beckel)


CCM Esprit de Cor Horn Choir University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Cincinnati, OH November 23, 2009 Randy Gardner, conducting

James A. Beckel, Jr. Portraits of the American West Mvt. 3: Colorado Vistas, 1876 Complete work available on “Texas Horns” Crystal Records CD774

"In the Mind's Eye: Images for Horns and Orchestra" by James A. Beckel Jr.

The Lafayette Symphony horn section performs “In the Mind’s Eye: Images for Horns and Orchestra” by James A. Beckel Jr. at the 50th International Horn Symposium on the campus of Ball State University in Sursa Hall. Sharon Weyser, Renee Burian, Drew Wright, and Jancie Philippus, Horns. Nick Palmer, Conductor. Video and image credit to Cavitt Productions. Recorded live on August 3, 2018.

James A. Beckel Concerto for Trombone, 3. Maestoso furioso

Carl Lenthe, trombone, with the IU JSoM Wind Ensemble, conductor Stephen Pratt – Nov 11, 2015

Lament by James Beckel Jr.

Lament for Two Trombones and Piano by James Beckel, Jr. Performed by Dr. Nathan Siler of Eastern Kentucky University and Dr. Chad Arnow of the University of Dayton.


James A. Beckel Concerto for Trombone, 2. Adagio religioso poco rubato

Beckel Concerto, 2. Adagio religioso poco rubato / Allegretto Carl Lenthe, trombone, with the IU JSoM Wind Ensemble, conductor Stephen Pratt

A Christmas Fanfare

Provided to YouTube by NAXOS of America

A Christmas Fanfare · The United States Coast Guard Band

Holiday Fanfare ℗ 2012 American Patriotic Classics

Released on: 2012-12-04

Conductor: Kenneth W. Megan Ensemble: The United States Coast Guard Band Composer: James Beckel, Jr.

Gardens of Stone

Provided to YouTube by Naxos

Digital Services Gardens of Stone · The United States Coast Guard Band · Kenneth W. Megan

Greatest Hits of the United States Coast Guard Band

℗ 2013 Altissimo

Released on: 2013-07-02

Ensemble: The United States Coast Guard Band Conductor: Kenneth W. Megan Composer: James Beckel, Jr.

Four Vignettes for Flute and Trombone - James A. Beckel Jr.

Philip Martinson, Trombone Shelley Martinson, Flute

Four Vignettes for Flute and Trombone ..………. James A. Beckel Jr. (b. 1948) I. Dialogue II. A Prayer for Peace III. Too Cool IV. Pan and Syrinx

World Premiere – Southwestern Oklahoma State University – Fall 2020

In the Mind's Eye Mvt 2 for Horns and Piano

This video shows the middle movement of the piano version of In the Mind’s Eye: Images for Horns and Orchestra. The horn soloists are the Indianapolis Symphony horn section from 2010. The piano is synthesized. You can purchase this piece from Hal Leonard, catalogue # HL00842592. The inspirational painting shown on the video is by Robert Weaver. Stick around till the end of the video to see it for a longer time.

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Make A Joyful Noise - James A. Beckel Jr

CSULB Wind Symphony – John Alan Carnahan – Conductor Tuesday, March 18, 2010 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center

ECSO in rehearsal - James Beckel's Concerto for Brass and Orchestra

ECSO rehearses James Beckel’s Concerto for Brass and Orchestra for the upcoming Sounds from Far and Near concert on March 19, 2016. The ECSO co-commissioned this piece, and it receives its East Coast debut at the Garde Arts Center in New London, CT.

Tickets are still available online at http://bit.ly/1NR5BmV (tickets.gardearts.org), or you can call 860-444-7373.

Glass Bead Game by James Beckel Jr

This is a live performance on February 7, 2020 with the UC CCM Wind Symphony and Kevin Holzman conducting.

Clouds of the Cosmos Demo

Clouds of the Cosmos is written for 12 trombones. A slide show of images from outer space can be shown along with the performance.

Clouds of the Cosmos Trombone Choir - Eastman

Eastman Trombone Choir directed by Larry Zalkind, performs “Clouds of the Cosmos” with accompanying video. #JimBeckel #JamesBeckel