Vikora Cathedral Classics bass clef Green: This is standard orchestral nomenclature. Following many of the titles in our Brass Ensemble catalog, you will see a set of five numbers enclosed in square brackets, as in this example:. View Shopping Cart Woodwind Instrumentation Codes Following many of the titles in our Wind Ensemble catalog, you will see a set of numbers enclosed in square brackets, as in this example:. The first number stands for Trumpetthe second for Hornthe third for Trombonethe fourth separated from the first three by a dot for Euphonium and the fifth for Tuba. Spa Town Studies Treble recorder. March bourheois the Toys Kern: Strings are a standard configuration 4 first violin, 4 second violin, 3 viola, 2 cello, 2 bass.
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These contrasting subjects give the composer ample opportunity to let loose his fertile imagination, whether expanding on the Baroque qualities of the opening material in a fugato section for woodwinds, or boldly stating the romantic second theme on brass leading to cascading sextuplets, or with the soloist presenting the first theme in augmentation against a ripple of semi-quavers.
After this development, there is virtually a formal recapitulations in the woodwinds and the soloist repeats the second theme in tonic F major. The movement closes with pianissimo chords - no great bravura here, but leading us in mood to the second movement which opens a tone lower in E-flat. Here, the rich tone of the soloist is matched by three accompanying trombones - with the writing equaling the expressiveness of a cello quartet.
Gradually, the rest of the low brass join as the solo trombone weaves a seamless, almost Wagnerian theme, extending phrases sequentially. This movement has two separate thoughts and a solo clarinet answers the trombone with a new theme accompanied only by three horns, euphonium, and pizzicato string bass. Whilst most of the slow movement is contemplative, Bourgeois allows the band to unleash the full fortissimo passion implied in the second, clarinet theme, before the movement closes as it began - but this time only two trombones accompany the soloist, and all three are muted.
It is fun, to be thrown off lightly as we enjoy the semitone shifts with a wry smile. Towards the end of the movement is a cadenza which alludes to the thematic content of the first movement, but aurally the hard work has been done. For the soloist however, the music requires a virtuoso combination of slide and tongue.
The world premiere was given by Christian Lindberg.
Trombone Concerto (band)
Concerto for Bass Trombone and band