Triple Concerto

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Eric Ewazen

Eric Ewazen (arr. Allen)

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General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $105.00


3. Allegro Brilliante - 8:25


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Program Notes

Triple Concerto for Three Trombones and Orchestra is gratefully dedicated to the Buffalo Philharmonic, under the direction of my dear friend, JoAnn Falletta, and to their trombone section: Jonathan Lombardo, Timothy Smith, and Jeffrey Dee. The wind ensemble version of this piece is transcribed by Virginia Allen and was premiered by the Brooklyn Wind Symphony under the direction of Jeff W. Ball at the 2013 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

Three trombones! What a sound they can possess — full of power and intensity on the one hand, and yet lovely lyricism on the other. I wanted to capture the three aspects of their musical voices: hearty, brilliant fanfares; singing, melodious lines; and virtuosic complexity. The work is in a traditional three-movement structure, modeled after the great 19th-century concerti: a lively, energetic opening movement, a slow, expressive second movement, and a rip-roaring final movement. There is even a large fugal passage, with three mini-cadenzas for each of the soloists in the final movement.

The final movement is a celebration of virtuosity—both in the concertino (the three solo trombones) and the ripieno (the orchestra). In this movement I give a nod to the great Concerti Grossi of Bach, the Brandenburg Concerti, in which a group of soloists alternate musical material with the orchestra. The movement begins with a burst of energy, as the orchestra spins out sweeping melodic lines, constantly rising up, leading to the trombone ensemble’s entrance with close, imitative, canonic gestures, sometimes growling in the low register, sometimes heroically singing out in the high register, joyfully sounding the contrapuntal lines, always tossing the melodies from one to the other to the other, in a three-way game of catch, alternating alternating with the orchestra’s playful contrapuntal gestures as well. The game gets faster and faster with sudden switches and turns of harmony and gestures, all leading to a grand and expansive fugue, a joyful and dramatic reappearance of the 1st movement’s opening elegant theme, a final curtain call of each of the soloists one by one, taking a final musical bow, and a heroic, joyful coda as soloist and orchestra join together in a truly grand finale.

- Program Note by the composer

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