Rainforest Concerto

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Saskia Apon

Subtitle: For Two Trombones Solo and Full Concert Band

General Info

Year: 2004
Duration: c. 16:45
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Brass band
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €300.53   |   Score Only (print) - €42.11


1. Creation – 5:55
2. Ode – 7:10
3. Contra Demolition – 3:40


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tam-tam (low)
  • Tom-toms (2: high and low)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone (3.5 octaves)


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Program Notes

Rainforest Concerto was commissioned by the Brass Band Rijnmond. This double concerto for two trombones and wind band consists of three parts with the cadenza in the slow middle movement. Saskia Apon was inspired by the threat of the destruction of the rainforest.

In the first part, Creation, we hear an accelerated reproduction of the birth of this impressive natural phenomenon. We hear the first birds, we see the growth of the mangrove trees and we witness the struggle for light and the force necessary to keep the realized equilibrium in a perpetual balance.

The second part, Ode, is a tribute to the wonder and splendour of the rainforest. By means of subtle and extremely delicate sonorities we hear how nature adds an inestimable value to the rainforest. However, it is also extremely fragile, and this engenders a certain melancholy due to the awareness of man’s impotence to respect this beautiful nature.

In the last part, Contra Demolition, we hear the threatening decline, but also the revolt against this possible ruin. It is a heartfelt cry to leave nature in peace and to work hard for the preservation of the beauty and the value of the rainforest.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

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