Subtitle: For Bass Trombone and Wind Orchestra
Solo Bass Trombone
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Bongos (2)
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
- Temple Blocks (3)
None discovered thus far.
Hidas was not close to the Hungarian folksong school, but wrote in a “post-Kodaly style” such as the use of jazz-influenced rhythms. The Rhapsody is dedicated to Donald Knaub, former professor of trombone at the University of Texas, Austin.
Hidas wrote the following notes about the piece. The composition is in one movement. It is in a free sonata form A-B-C-D-B-Cadenza-A where C and D fulfill the role of development. After a brief introduction, there comes the main subject A marked by striking rhythms and many imitations between soloist and ensemble. Following a transition by the accompaniment, there appears a cantabile second subject B that affords the soloist an opportunity to demonstrate his skill in unfolding a melody. An allegro forte section by the ensemble cuts short unexpectedly the lyrical atmosphere and prepares, both thematically and rhythmically, section C in 3/4 (allegretto) with its dance-like character. It is followed by more solemn musical material D (sostenuto) with fanfare-like musical texture interspersed in the solo part. A recapitulation by the bass trombone, based on the material of section D, leads back to section B which, after a considerable crescendo, ends up in the virtuosic cadenza of the solo instrument. After a varied recapitulation of the main subject A, a brief Coda ends the Rhapsody.
- Program Note from liner notes for Mark Masters Drake University CD, Collage
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio CD: Drake University Wind Symphony (Robert Meunier, conductor; Grady McGrannahan, bass trombone) - 2011
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Missouri State University (Springfield) Wind Ensemble (John Zastoupil, conductor; Jason Hausback, bass trombone) – 26 September 2019
- Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John E. Williamson, conductor; Randy Hawes, bass trombone) – 29 March 2007 (CBDNA 2007 National Conference, Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Capriccio (1979/1995/2015)
- Circus Suite (1985/1996)
- Concerto for Bassoon (1999)
- Concerto No. 2 for Oboe (1998/2000)
- Concerto for Oboe (arr. Patterson)
- Concerto for Wind Band
- Coriolanus (1980)
- Etude for Wind Band
- Fantasy and Fugue for wind band
- Fantasy for violincello and wind ensemble
- Folksong Suite No. 1
- Folksong Suite No. 2
- Merry Music (1983)
- Rhapsody (1983)
- Save the Sea (1998)
- Hidas, F. (1983). Rapszódia basszusharsonára és fúvószenekarra = Rhapsody for bass trombone and wind band [score]. Ed. Musica: Budapest.