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Rapsodia Borealis

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Søren Hyldgaard

Søren Hyldgaard

Subtitle: A Nordic Rhapsody

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 16:20
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – €290.65   |   Score Only (print) - €10.75


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

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals (2)
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Snare Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The invitation to write a concert piece for trombone happened in Copenhagen at the Tivoli Gardens concert hall in 1997. Attending rehearsals for my Hans Christian Andersen Suite for Wind Orchestra, I happened to be around for the rehearsal of Johan de Meij’s inspiring T-Bone Concerto performed by the phenomenal Jesper Juul Sørenson. I was particularly struck by the merging of technical virtuosity and lyrical expression -- and, first and last, how completely easy and effortlessly Jesper made it sound. He liked the flavor of my HCA Suite and invited me to compose a concert piece with him in mind. And here we are, some four years and many oeuvres later.

With Rapsodia Borealis I had in mind a sort of circular structure centered around a truly lyrical, cantabile theme -- a song of the north for the trombone (hence the title which means "Rhapsody of the North").

- Program Note by composer

Composed in a circular structure and centered around a lyrical, cantabile theme, this impressive work for trombone and wind orchestra takes full sonic advantage of the medium. It shows a lyrical side of the modern concert trombone.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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