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Concerto for Trombone (Jacob)

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Gordon Jacob

Gordon Jacob

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General Info

Year: 1956 / 1995
Duration: c. 18:50
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trombone and Orchestra
Publisher: Steiner & Bell through ECS Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Andante maestoso - 6:45
2. Adagio molto - 6:15
3. Vivace alla marcia - 5:55


Full Score
Solo Trombone
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Probably one of Gordon’s best-known and popular concertos, and one of the few with full orchestra, this concerto is one of the true standards in the original trombone solo literature. At the time it was composed (1956) there were few concertos for the instrument, and this work is almost certainly the most performed of all that have been written, before and since it appeared.

The nobility of the instrument is prominent at the very start of the work with its opening and closing maestoso recitative-like passages, between which a syncopated allegro molto forms the main part of the first movement. In the second movement the trombone sings its plaintive song, at one point in a higher register than an accompanying flute. The final movement with its march theme rounds off the work in rousing style. The trombone in this work has to be very flexible and agile as well as powerful and regal.

- Program Note from publisher

For Denis Wick.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor; Jason Linn, trombone) – 19 February 2018

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Jacob, G. (1995). Concerto for Trombone [score]. Stainer & Bell: London.