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Arrows of Time

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Richard Peaslee

Richard Peaslee (trans. Joshua Hauser)

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Subtitle: For Solo Trombone and Band

General Info

Year: 1993 / 1997 / 2000
Duration: c. 14:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trombone and piano
Publisher: Mangun Music, through Wise Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Up – 4:45
2. Slow Freely – 6:05
3. Up – 3:10


Full Score
Solo Trombone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Arrows of Time is a three-movement piece originally written for solo trombone and piano, then re-composed for solo trombone and orchestra. The main influence on Peaslee’s composition of this work was “Bill Russo’s trombone writing for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, spearheaded by Frank Rosolino’s spectacular solos.” The jazz harmonies and figures throughout the work have made it one of the most popular recent compositions for trombone.

Regarding the title of the work, Peaslee states, “the term [Arrows of Time] appears in Hawking’s A Brief History of Time which [he] had been reading while writing the piece. Little more can be said in explanation except that [he] liked it as a title.”

Joshua Hauser’s setting for winds was commissioned by Sergeant Major Scott Shelsta of the United States Army Band for performance at the 2000 U.S. Army Band Eastern Trombone Workshop in Fort Meyer, Va., with Joseph Alessi, principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as guest soloist.

- Program Note from liner notes of March CD Slide Ride


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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