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Concerto for Trombone and Winds

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Henri Tomasi

Henri Tomasi (trans. Donald Patterson)

Subtitle: Originally orchestra

General Info

Year: 1956 / 2014
Duration: c. 16:25
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trombone and orchestra
Publisher: United States Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Andante and Scherzo - 7:30
2. Nocturnal - 4:40
3. Tambourine - 3:50


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

  • Caisse claire
  • Caisse grosse
  • Cymbale
  • Glockenspiel (or Celesta)
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Henri Tomasi (1901-1971) was a French composer; his music is tonal, attractive, and a little exotic. This trombone concerto was written in 1956. A 16-minute piece in three movements, it is a very French work in its elegance and its propensity to echo the tones of popular and street music.

The first movement, at nearly half the length of the concerto, begins with a self-important, even grandiose, statement by the trombone. But this soon yields to sounds of French Impressionism, soft, alluring, and colorful. The movement ends with a waltz theme, like an older French salon orchestra. The second movement gives the trombone a lyrical, nocturnal theme over an accompaniment based on an ostinato. This rises to powerful statement from the trombone, but before the movement ends it has subsided to a quiet theme with a hint of blues.

Themes from the first two movements provide the subjects of the final movement, but they are transformed by South American rhythms. The composer named the movement a "tambourin," an older French form of fast dance-piece, that pushes the trombone into a virtuosic ending.

- Program Note by Joseph Stevenson


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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