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Concerto for Trombone (Beckel)

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General Info

Year: 2014
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jim Beckel Music
Cost: Score and Parts Rental


1. Moderato maestoso, More Questions than Answers
2. Adagio religioso, The Search for Truth, the Celebration of Life
3. Maestoso furioso, Unavoidable Consequences


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Program Notes

Jim Beckel's new Concerto for Trombone was premiered in orchestral version by the Gulf Coast Symphony, John Strickler conducting and Joseph Alessi, soloist on April 5, 2014. The band version was premiered by The Detroit Symphony Civic Winds on April 29, 2014. Dr. Kenneth Thompson was conducting and Bill Mathis was the soloist.

Comments from Joe Alessi: "I had the greatest time performing James Beckel's Concerto for Trombone. Being that it was composed by an accomplished trombonist, all the passages are written with the instrument in mind, allowing the trombonist to play with ease. Not only is this piece fun to play, it exploits the beautiful legato singing style that all trombonists crave. The piece is a crowd pleaser and the melodies are memorable. I highly recommend this wonderful concerto to all trombonists!"

Comments from Carl Lenthe: "James Beckel's new trombone concerto is a major work of symphonic dimensions and depth, and showcases the solo trombone very effectively. I am thrilled and honored to play it."

-Program Note from composer's website

This work is less programmatic than most of the composer's body of work.  Although the concerto is based on personal reflections and introspections throughout this work, the composer, at a more mature age, is looking for answers to life's questions that most people have regarding their existence and the meaning of life.  With age comes only the realization that he has more questions than answers to these great religious and philosophical mysteries.  The composer decides in his own mind that mankind does have free will, but firmly believes that the consequences of man's free will can also lead to destinies that are unavoidable.

- Program Note from Walnut Creek (Calif.) Concert Band concert program, 1 December 2015


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