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Concerto for Trombone and Band

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Launy Grøndahl

Launy Grøndahl (arr. Poul Ivan Møller)


General Info

Year: 1924 / 1984
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Edition S.
Cost: Score and Parts - $800.00 rental   |   Score Only - $67.00


Movements

1. Moderato assai ma molto maestoso - 5:00
2. Quasi una leggenda (In the manner of a tall tale): Andante grave - 5:40
3. Finale: Maestoso - Rondo 5:10


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional(
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (optional)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV (III-IV optional)
Solo Trombone
Trombone II-III (optional)
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
String Bass (optional)
Piano (optional)
Timpani
Percussion (optional)


Errata

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Program Notes

Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra was written in 1924 by Danish composer Launy Grøndahl during his time in Italy. It was inspired by the trombone section of the Orchestra of the Casino Theatre in Copenhagen (of which Grøndahl had been a violinist since the age of thirteen). This work was premiered in Copenhagen by the Orchestra of the Casino Theatre with soloist Vilhelm Aarkrogh, the principal trombonist of the orchestra.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Grøndahl's 'Concerto is one of a large number of Scandinavian works for the trombone composed in the first part of the 20th century. Written during an Italian vacation in 1924, this challenging and dramatic work is as rewarding for the performer as it is for the listener. Dedicated to the Danish trombonist Vilhelm Aarkrogh, it was inspired by the playing of the trombone section of the Casino Theater Orchestra in Copenhagen, of which Aarkrogh was the leader and where Grøndahl had been a violinist since the age of 13.

This piece begins in the lowest reaches of the orchestra with a stormy chord, which is soon joined by a declamatory and dramatic statement by the solo trombone. Grøndahl dispenses with the traditional exposition of the main themes by the orchestra and plunges the listener into the fray without hesitation. The drama of the first theme soon gives way to the exotic lyricism of the second melody. Of particular interest here is the character of the solo part, virtuosic and impressive in its agility.

Grøndahl’s second movement, titled Quasi una Leggendda (In the manner of a tall tale), is a mixed-meter andante that abounds in beauty. The two contrasting themes, both lovely, are interrupted by a large climax in the center of the movement that culminates with a high B flat in the solo trombone. The gentle rippling of arpeggios and string chords end the movement quietly.

The maestoso introduction to the finale is based on music from the first movement, but soon gives way to a surprisingly light rondo. This playful music is peppered with staccato runs and a blitheness that is seldom heard from the trombone. Despite the light nature of this music, there is an overwhelming sense of authority that is echoed in the orchestra interludes. The final measures display the limits of the trombone’s capabilities with a passage that reaches into the stratosphere. A fortissimo flourish concludes the concerto.

- Program Notes by Craig Doolin


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