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Adam Gorb

Adam Gorb


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Subtitle: Concerto for Trombone and Wind Band


General Info

Year: 2000
Duration: c. 17:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Maecenas Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - ₤80.50   |   Score Only (print) - ₤24.95


Movements

1. I – 5:35
2. II – 6:05
3. III – 1:40


Instrumentation

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

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The piece all trombonists have been shouting for; a triumph of Gorb's stylish, almost casual brilliance, immaculate timing, melodic invention and instinctive mastery of resources. Scoring is deft, even delicate, the solo writing rewardingly characteristic while avoiding all those cringe-making trombone clichés. The gently swung, bluesy second movement is some of the best cod [sic] jazz you will ever hear.

- Program Note by publisher


The character of this work is that of a serenade or divertimento but with jazz and Latin influences. I have attempted to explore the mercurial aspects of the solo trombone, avoiding more commonplace characteristics of the instrument (there is not a single glissando for the soloist.) The piece is in three movements -- fast – slow – fast -- that alternate dance-like and more lyrical passages. The first movement is swift and light footed and contains the two main themes that form the basis for the whole work, the first at the start by the lone soloist, and a more singing second subject that becomes the main theme for the laid-back second movement. Here the band consists of saxophones, brass and rhythm section only. The woodwind and horns return for the finale, which is a variation of the first movement in 10/8 time. The writing for the soloist becomes more virtuosic as the movement progresses and leads to an abrupt conclusion.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Adam Gorb website Accessed 2 April 2019
  • Gorb, A. (2001). Downtown Diversions : For Trombone and Wind Orchestra [score]. Maecenas Music: Kenley, England.
  • Perusal score