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« on: Oct 20, 2017, 07:51PM »

I'm looking for a new solo to play. I plan on auditioning for my school's concerto competition so any suggested concertos would be great, but also any other solos. I've played Morceau Symphonique, Andante and Allegro (Barat), Concert Piece #5, Aria and Polonaise, which was a bit of a stretch for me and am working on Casterede and Grafe concerto. I play lyrical music well, have decent technical abilities, and my range in a solo goes up to a high D-flat.
Also a note: I wont be able to audition for the concerto competition on the Grondahl, Tomasi, or David concerto.
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 20, 2017, 11:39PM »

What has your teacher suggested?
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 21, 2017, 02:33AM »

The Rimsky Korsakov is one of the easier concertos, in my opinion.
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 21, 2017, 06:22AM »

What has your teacher suggested?
My teacher had suggested the Grondahl, but it has just been used for the competition so I was looking for something different
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« Reply #4 on: Oct 21, 2017, 06:46AM »

Concertino - Lars Erik Larsson

Ballade - Frank Martin

And if you're allowed to do music written for other instruments, Elgar's Romance for Bassoon is lovely, and of course sounds much better on trombone. More nobilmente, as Elgar would have wanted...

Hindemith's Trauermusik is another good bit of stolen repertoire.
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« Reply #5 on: Oct 21, 2017, 06:55AM »

My teacher had suggested the Grondahl, but it has just been used for the competition so I was looking for something different

Then have another conversation and express your reservations and see what else he/ she suggest.  We don't know your playing
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« Reply #6 on: Oct 21, 2017, 07:26AM »

Check out the Gordon Jacob Concerto
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« Reply #7 on: Oct 21, 2017, 08:43AM »

I'm partial to the Saint-Saens Cavatine.  He also wrote a Morceau de Concert that is a favorite of horn players which I like.

I'm also partial to the Mozart Horn Concertos.  You can make them impossibly hard, especially in the cadenzas, but in many cases the basic piece works pretty well.  Nos 2, 3, and 4 are for Horn in Eb so you can read the music (bring it up an octave to match tessitura).  No. 1 is for Horn in D which means you need to read alto clef.
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« Reply #8 on: Oct 21, 2017, 09:05AM »

While I'm at it, my friend Ed Madden (fine trombonist and composer of "A Colonial Rhapsody") has a trombone solo based on the Berceuse from Jocelyn.  You can get it directly from him at Coach Lane Music:

Edward J Madden
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Sorry, I don't have a phone number.  I believe Ed is a member of the Forum, though.

The piece itself is quite lyrical and not terribly difficult.  I did it with the Hollis Town Band (with Ed playing trombone in back of me).
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« Reply #9 on: Oct 21, 2017, 10:06AM »

Check out the Gordon Jacob Concerto

And when he does, he'll find several high Ds here and there and also high F in the last movt.

...my range in a solo goes up to a high D-flat... he said.
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« Reply #10 on: Oct 21, 2017, 01:22PM »

And when he does, he'll find several high Ds here and there and also high F in the last movt.

...my range in a solo goes up to a high D-flat... he said.
She:) And yes, I've already decided the Gordon Jacob concerto would be a little (or a lot) beyond me right now.
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 21, 2017, 02:04PM »

Concertino - Lars Erik Larsson

Ballade - Frank Martin

And if you're allowed to do music written for other instruments, Elgar's Romance for Bassoon is lovely, and of course sounds much better on trombone. More nobilmente, as Elgar would have wanted...

Hindemith's Trauermusik is another good bit of stolen repertoire.

No high Ds in Martin...

Why can't you do David?
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 21, 2017, 10:43PM »

No high Ds in Martin...

Why can't you do David?

There are some prominent high "D's" in the Martin. David is a solo that every serious tenor trombonist studying Classical music should play at some point - I'd second that recommendation.

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« Reply #13 on: Oct 22, 2017, 05:44AM »

I know. I was being sarcastic. Sorry1
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