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Chick'a'Bone Checkout

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Christian Lindberg

Christian Lindberg (arr. Saras)

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General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 21:00
Difficulty: V/VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript


1. Vivid City
2. Fort Dearborn
3. The Chicago Butcher
4. The Frogs at Hawthorn Woods
5. Prohibition
6. Morning with Orange Juice
7. Wind and Mortar


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Program Notes

Throughout the history of music, there have been numerous virtuoso composers; Franz Liszt for the piano, Niccolo Paganini for the violin and J. S. Bach for the organ are obvious examples. Today we are living contemporaries of one such person, and for an instrument that may not leap to mind. The instrument is the trombone, and the virtuoso in question is Christian Lindberg. Lindberg is the first artist to successfully make a name as a solo artist on the trombone, and he achieved it by a combination of preternatural artistry, engaging showmanship and jaw-dropping technical skill. After releasing a number of critically acclaimed recordings and appearing as a soloist all over the world, Lindberg began revisiting a latent talent for composing. His piece for solo trombone and strings, Arabenne was followed by several more successful works, and he is quickly establishing a reputation as a composer to rival his renown as a performer.

Chick’a’Bone Checkout was written for Charles Vernon, bass trombonist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and another giant in the trombone world. The piece is extraordinary for the demands it places on the soloist, starting with the fact that it must be played on three different instruments: alto, tenor and bass trombone. It is unusual as well in its structure, as it is seven interconnected movements rather than the traditional three-movement form. Each movement is based on Mr. Lindberg’s impressions of Chicago from his many visits there, as well as the works of writers such as Carl Sandburg and Jan Olof Olsson. As for the style, the composer has this to say on the subject:

“I do not write in any style whatsoever! I purely listen to what my brain and soul tell me, and what I hear I put down on paper. To say anything more about my work would be pretentious nonsense.”

- Program Note by Andrew Skaggs for the U.S. Navy Band


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Works for Winds by This Composer


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