I mvt. II mvt. The bracketed numbers tell you the precise instrumentation of the ensemble. The first number stands for Flute , the second for Oboe , the third for Clarinet , the fourth for Bassoon , and the fifth separated from the woodwinds by a dash is for Horn. Sometimes there are instruments in the ensemble other than those shown above. Whenever this occurs, we will separate the first four digits with commas for clarity.
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The bass trombone is an orchestral instrument for which very few solo works have been written. Thanks to a grant obtained from the Nord pas de Calais Music Federation, I have been able to pursue my aim of bringing its noble sound and huge potential to a wider audience by extending its repertoire.
Here is what they have to say about their music. Vertiges Dizziness is a concerto in the form of a theme and variations for bass trombone and large wind band.
It is made up of nine successive sequences, whose titles describe the various changes of atmosphere that occur throughout the piece: Possession — Pulsions Impulses — Poursuite Pursuit — Vaudou Voodoo — Incantatoire, sensuel et lyrique Incantatory, sensual and lyrical — Possession 2 — Rumba — Bossa groove — Samba. A full and detailed orchestration gives particular prominence to the bass clarinet and the percussion section.
There is also a version of this concerto for tenor trombone, as well as a trio adaptation for trombone, piano and percussion. Vertiges is dedicated to Yves Bauer. The Concerto for Bass Trombone and Wind Ensemble began life as a sonata for solo bass trombone or tuba and piano. I was then commissioned to turn this work into a concerto to be used as the Concerto Competition piece for the low brass students at The Juilliard School. This was completed in the summer of , and the orchestral version was premiered with Stefan Sanders, who won the competition on bass trombone.
Virginia Allen, a dear friend and teacher of conducting at Juilliard, subsequently arranged the work for bass trombone or tuba and wind ensemble, which was performed both by the Army Band in Washington D. I am so grateful to Yves Bauer and his glorious playing of my music to have recorded my concerto with the great French Air Force Band. They give a thrilling performance of my piece! The three movements of the work cover a wide variety of musical gestures and colours.
The first movement, in a traditional sonata allegro form, is alternately playful, lyrical and dynamic, with the soloist providing the main motives which get tossed back and forth between the bass trombone and the wind ensemble. The second movement is wistful and melancholy, but also quite peaceful, as the soloist sings its melodic lines over a resonant wind ensemble accompaniment. The third movement is full of life and energy, quite virtuosic with thundering rhythms, often agressive musical gestures, and dramatic solo lines leading to a monumental cadenza and heroic finale.
Etoile des profondeurs Star of the Deep is written in concerto form, in other words in three clearly distinct movements, and highlights all the richness and depth of sonority the bass trombone can offer. Stylistically, the work takes its inspiration from jazz and popular music, its virtuosic writing making huge demands of the soloist, particularly in the third movement with its extended cadenza.
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Concerto for Tuba or Bass Trombone by Eric Ewazen, pub. Hal Leonard
Ewazen, Eric Concerto