Eine Kleine Posaunenmusik
Subtitle: For Trombone and Chamber Ensemble
1. Allegro - c. 4:20
2. Recitative. Broadly, freely - c. 3:40
3. Scherzo. Vivace - c. 2:00
4. Chorale. Lento - c. 5:45
5. Allegro energico - c. 2:00
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
- Bongos (4)
- Chimes, Metal
- Crash Cymbals
- Ride Cymbal
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Triangle (4)
None discovered thus far.
This composition, whose title translates as "A Little Trombone Music," is a concerted work for the trombone with an ensemble of wind instruments, percussion, piano, and harp. The music for all of the instruments is technically very demanding without ever degenerating into empty showmanship. Jazz vibrantly informs its melodies, rhythms, and colors (the latter notably through the use of mutes and glissandi) amid a harmonic idiom that is thoroughly atonal from start to finish. Both solo utterances and accompaniments are rhythmically alive and somewhat nervous--even in the slower sections this music is never entirely at ease. Although there is no notable dialogue between the trombone and the other instruments, the ensemble usually complements the soloist in a vibrant and headstrong manner, often presenting lines that are attractively profiled in their own right. The work is cast in five movements: Allegro, Recitative (Broadly, freely), Scherzo (Vivace), Chorale (Lento), and Allegro energico.
- Program Note by AllMusic
Eine Kleine Posaunenmusik (A Little Trombone Music) was commissioned by and written for John Swallow and premiered by him in 1980 at Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. The work is in five movements and is scored for a 22-piece chamber wind ensemble (including, however, harp, piano doubling celesta, and doublebass). It is part of an ongoing series of concertos for various solo instruments. The series began with a violin concerto in 1974 and has by now (1985) worked its way through concertos for horn trumpet, contrabassoon (sic!), alto saxophone, bassoon, cello, as well as a quadruple concerto for violin, flute, oboe, and trumpet and a Concerto Festivo for Brass Quintet and Orchestra. Concertos for viola, timpani, harp and string quartet are still to come.
While the work is not a Third Stream piece as such, i.e., fusing classical and jazz concepts, occasional references to jazz techniques do occur, for example, in the use of a wide variety of “jazz mutes” (including the plunger), a brief tribute to Lawrence Brown (near the end of the second movement), the up-tempo jazz episodes in the Rondo-Finale, and other less overt allusions.
The three middle movements carry the subtitles Recitative, Scherzo, and Chorale, respectively, offering clear clues to the character and mood of those sections. The first movement is purposefully somewhat mercurial and introductory in character and continuity, but is held together by the refrain-like return of the opening D-minor idea. Constantly “searching,” it leads on each return to different musical conclusions.
The fifth (last) movement functions as a balancing symmetrical counterweight to the opening movement, also as a lively concluding postlude to the previous Chorale movement. In addition, it provides the concerto’s single opportunity for a solo cadenza.
— Program Note by composer
- Audio CD: Malmo Symphony Orchestra (Christian Lindberg, trombone, James DePriest, conductor)
- Audio CD: DePaul University Wind Ensemble (Charles Vernon, bass trombone, Donald DeRoche, conductor)
None discovered thus far.
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Works for Winds by this Composer
- Blue Dawn into White Heat (1997)
- Bright and Sassy
- Combination March (as arranger)
- Diptych for Brass Quintet and Concert Band
- Double Quintet for Wind and Brass Quintets
- Eine Kleine Posaunenmusik
- Fanfare for St Louis
- From Here to There (2013)
- Jumpin' in the Future
- Lines and Contrasts
- Nature's Way
- On Winged Flight
- Saxophobia (as arranger) (1918/199-?)
- Song and Dance
- Study in Textures
- Symphony No. 3, "In Praise of Winds" (1981)
- Symphony for Brass and Percussion (1950)
- Tear Drop
- Tre Invenzioni for Chamber Ensembles