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1  Practice Break / Puzzles and Games / Re: Words that Relate on: Yesterday at 05:13 PM
mundane
2  Practice Break / Puzzles and Games / Re: Words that Relate on: Feb 12, 2018, 05:05PM
typical
3  Practice Break / Puzzles and Games / Re: The Song Name Game (Trombone Style) on: Feb 12, 2018, 12:17PM
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
4  Practice Break / Puzzles and Games / Re: What are you doing? (Five words or less). on: Feb 12, 2018, 12:16PM
Waiting for a reference question...
5  Practice Break / Puzzles and Games / Re: Famous Lines From Movies on: Feb 12, 2018, 12:15PM
Steve Martin to John Candy, with perfectly increasing horror: "Those aren't PILLOWS!!!" (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles)
6  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Soviet Era. Repertoire for trombone. on: Jan 29, 2018, 01:01PM
In case anyone is curious, PULSE POSITIVE has been leaving nicely recorded samples on YouTube, and announcing it on Facebook.
7  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Max Bruch, Romanze, opus 85 on: Jan 22, 2018, 02:35PM
I was listening to WRTI (Temple University, Philadelphia PA public radio) this afternoon on my way into work and heard a recording of Alain Trudel, accompanied by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin performing a transcription of what the announcer said was orginally for viola.Here's the link for IMSLP: http://imslp.org/wiki/File:PMLP12856-Bruch_Romanze_Op85_Score.pdf. I sat and listened to the whole piece and found it to be quite beautiful, and Trudel's trills exasperatingly facile.  Has anyone here ever performed this work or know on what recording it might be? Thanks!
8  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Most beautiful thing you have ever heard on: Jan 21, 2018, 01:02PM
updated:
Choral--Belshazzar's Feast (Walton); Serenade to Music (Vaughan Williams) Navidad Nuestra and Misa Criolla (Ariel Ramirez)
Orchestral--Tchaikovsky Symphonies and Concertos; Mozart Piano Concertos
Band--Fiesta del Pacifico (Nixon); William Byrd Suite (Jacob)
Solo performers (no particular order)--Murray Perahia; Elly Ameling; Roberta Peters; Jay Friedman; Joe Alessi; Gary Louie (saxophone); Emmanuel Ax;
special mention--accompanists Samuel Sanders and Harriet Wingren.

Familial--
youngest daughter singing Schubert, Handel and Vivaldi (getting ready for music school auditions);
"Eagle Scout Daniel J. De Kok Jr." (son);
my wife's laughter, especially when she starts snorting;
oldest daughter grunting when she's playing rugby.
9  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Solo suggestions on: Jan 21, 2018, 12:16PM
Bassett Suite for unaccompanied trombone.  It's about eight minutes in length, four short movements, range only goes up to  or d flat. Not exactly new (1967) but a good test for the trombonist. I performed it several times during my time at U-M.

BUT while I'm at it, based on your comments, I would caution treating an unaccompanied piece as your "fallback" ("easiest", to use your word) piece.  Even though this Bassett Suite doesn't hold the technical challenges of, say, a Bourgeois Concerto or the Ewazen Sonata, your challenge HERE is to create, in miniature, four musical lines that coalesce into one cohesive unit.  His music hints at serialism without being totally atonal.  He was a trombonist too, and master of his compositional craft.  Give the composer his due.
10  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Most beautiful thing you have ever heard on: Jan 21, 2018, 12:07PM
The slow, ballad variation of Fantasy Variations on a Theme by Niccolo Paganini. We played it my junior year in AZ allstate band. Absolutely beautiful
Composer is James Barnes, right?
11  Practice Break / Food and Drink / Re: Key Lime Pie anyone? on: Jan 14, 2018, 01:07PM
In the words of many here,

"gotta love me some key lime pie!"  Pant
12  Practice Break / Chit-Chat / Re: Make me laugh. on: Jan 12, 2018, 10:25AM


Looks like it came from one of those Jack Chick booklets... :D
13  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: A new Concerto for trombone and full orchestra on: Jan 05, 2018, 05:47AM
I don't mean this in a condescending way, but I think what I heard of this piece is really very pretty!  I think the average audience member would identify this music as Russian--it just has that feel and sound to it.

Now again, I don't want to sound uninformed, but could this piece be performed successfully on either tenor OR bass trombone?

I'd love to hear this live!  Thank your friend for writing this piece!
14  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Why Not More Trombone Concertos? on: Jan 03, 2018, 01:34PM
Not only Tommy Dorsey, but Murray MacEachern and Will Bradley.

And Jim Pugh recorded it...
15  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Why Not More Trombone Concertos? on: Jan 03, 2018, 12:18PM
Recital with piano .... the worst venue to perform a brass concerto.
I can think of a few that would definitely fit that category--Martin Ballade, Larsson Concertino, Walker Concerto for starters. Maybe you're right.
16  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Why Not More Trombone Concertos? on: Jan 03, 2018, 10:41AM
Composers I wish HAD written a trombone concerto:
Hindemith
Holst
Vaughan Williams

Composers I wish WOULD write a trombone concerto:
Scott Boerma (he's a trombonist)
John Williams (but I wonder if it would be a rehash of the Tuba Concerto)
Jennifer Higdon (Wrote one, withdrew it)


Composers I wish would make their piece(s) more accessible:
Nathaniel Shilkret
James P. Johnson (he didn't write a trombone concerto, but I have a story too long to repeat here. PM me if you want details)

Maybe the problem isn't that we don't HAVE concertos to play. We do.
Maybe the real problem is our reluctance to promote them through performance in our recitals.  

Nitzan Haroz is giving a recital on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series (https://www.pcmsconcerts.org/concerts/nitzan-haroz-trombone-gloria-kim-piano/)
in May, and he's programmed Arrows of Time. I realize that this is more the exception than the rule in many communities, but we have to step up and promote the best of ourselves and our instrument.

17  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Why Not More Trombone Concertos? on: Jan 03, 2018, 10:29AM
There certainly is a problem on the demand side.


I did a count of concertos (and major solo works like "Rhapsody in Blue") programmed in the most recently available League of American Orchestras repertoire report

This included 57 orchestras from A-list to youth orchestras

There were as many concertos for birds programmed as for trombone.  :D

For all instruments, excluding piano and violin, there were only 93 programs



Piano     132

   
Violin     99
Viola       6
Cello      17
Bass        4
   
Flute       6
Cl.         9
Oboe        3
Bassoon     4
Sax         8
   
Horn        9
Trumpet     3
Trombone    2
Tuba        1
   
Percussion  2
tap dancer  2
   
Guitar      3
Harp        9
Harmonica   1

Organ       2
   
   
Birds*      2




*Rautavaara, Einojuhani CONCERTO FOR BIRDS AND ORCHESTRA, "CANTUS ARCTICUS", OP. 6
 
(I'm going to guess that this involves a goose-squeezing.)


Only two trombone concertos? Let me guess--Grondahl and David... Don't know
18  Creation and Performance / Music, Concerts and Recordings / Re: Christmas gigs on: Dec 22, 2017, 12:01PM
Just my regular subscription concerts with the two orchestras I play with. No church work this year, not even cantoring. Played Slow Ride (Sleigh Ride) twice, Nutcracker selections once, some boring HS-level arrangements I could (and almost DID) do in my sleep. Time to call it a career.  :(
19  Practice Break / Puzzles and Games / Re: Words that DO NOT relate! on: Dec 20, 2017, 09:13AM
cacophony
20  Practice Break / Puzzles and Games / Re: Words that Relate on: Dec 20, 2017, 09:13AM
alcohol
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