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« on: May 18, 2011, 10:13AM »

Hi guys,

I recently posted about getting a new horn and now all I want to do is practice!

I currently have a few trombone solos that I performed in university that I've dusted off but I want to learn more.  I don't plan to perform any of these in public as I am more into growing musically on the instrument.  I wanted to get some opinions on some great pieces that you might have had the opportunity to study or are currently working on.  Went to Hickey's online to get an idea of some pieces but just got a little overwhelmed about where to start.

Here are some of my favourites that I am currently working on to give you an idea of where I am in my playing.

Fanstasy - Stojowski
Concertino - David
Morceau Symphonique - Guilmant

I am planning to work on the Ballade - Bozza in the future.  Just need a few more...good transcriptions are welcome too!

Thanks in advance for your help.

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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2011, 11:43AM »

PM me and I will send you a few "most beneficial" jazz bone transcriptions. Right now I'm thinking JJ, Carl, and Mark Nightingale. Treated like etudes and combined with diligent listening, these will bring your playing in line quickly!

P. S., they won't be beyond your ability if you are working on those legit solos.
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2011, 01:23PM »

My top 3 (in order):

1. Martin Ballade
2. Bozza Ballade
3. Larsson Concertino

After the top 3, there are so many pieces I like it's hard to pick the top 2.
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 01:57PM »

I like the Saint-Saens Cavatine among the French rep.

I also like to play the old Concert in the Park solos, especially the Pryor and Clarke pieces.  I have a large collection, but some of my favorites:

Love's Enchantment (Pryor)
Spirit of Joy (Clay Smith)
Beautiful Colorado (DeLuca)
Stars in a Velvety Sky (Clarke)
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 02:45PM »

Anyone know of a recording by euphonium/trombone of beautiful colorado? All I can find are saxaphone recordings.  >:(

for me, the top 7 in my collection are (in no order)

-grondahl trombone concerto
-david concerto
-hommage a bach (Bozza)
-Variation in F# Minor
-Andante and Rondo, concerto for double bass (Cappuzzi)
-Gordon jacob concerto
-Bourgois Trombone Concerto

probably some spelling errors, but those are the ones that I have off the top of my head. I have alot, so theres some missing that I just cant remember on the spur of the moment. so many great lit. out there
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 03:18PM »

Oh yes...the Grondahl.  I will most definitely add that one! 

BGuttman - Heard of the Pryor but not the other three.  I'm intrigued...

Thanks for all the great suggestions.  Keep them coming!
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011, 03:38PM »

BGuttman - Heard of the Pryor but not the other three.  I'm intrigued...

Ditto.  Are these still available?
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 04:08PM »

Anyone know of a recording by euphonium/trombone of beautiful colorado? All I can find are saxaphone recordings.  >:(

The great British euphonium player Stephen Mead recorded this with the Michigan State University concert band on a CD titled "Tribute".
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2011, 04:10PM »

I have "Beautiful Colorado" but dont have the original copy. I just have a copy of the solo part.

Heres some links to sheet music retailers

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/Beautiful-Colorado/3553792

http://www.hickeys.com/cgi/display.cgi?cart_id=8232807.29620&page=/eusopo3.htm


on the hickeys link, its around the middle of the page

hope this helps  Hi

P.S. THANKS for the info on the recording.  Good!
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 07:03PM »

Stars in a Velvety Sky appears to be available for trumpet and piano:

http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/Stars-in-a-Velvety-Sky-Polka-Brilante/4418944

I'm pretty sure the Clay Smith piece is POP.  We have a set of band parts in the Nevers Band of Concord NH (I need to dig up my solo part).

The Pryor piece is also not available for band; we have a set of parts in the Nevers Band of Concord NH.  Most people doing Pryor generally do Blue Bells of Scotland, Annie Laurie, or Thoughts of Love.  I understand there was a book published recently with a bunch of Pryor solos (with piano accompaniment).  You may need to dig a bit to find it.

Note that all of these pieces should be in Public Domain.
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2011, 11:24AM »

I understand there was a book published recently with a bunch of Pryor solos (with piano accompaniment).  You may need to dig a bit to find it.

http://www.amazon.com/Arthur-Pryor-Solos-Trombone/dp/0825847265/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1306347848&sr=8-1
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2011, 07:22AM »

"Rhapsody for Trombone and Brass Band" by Gordon Langford is a good, audience friendly solo, originally written for the late, great Don Lusher so it has a "commercial" feel to it. Published by Chandos Music Supplies http://chandosmusicsupplies.co.uk/index.html
 and issued with piano accompaniment part and trombone parts in traditional brass band Bb treble clef and also normal bass clef part.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74tQRW7on3A  Here is a clip of Nick Hudson playing it.

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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2011, 01:38PM »

I like:

Axel Jorgenson:  Romance.  Danish, early 20th-century.  with piano.

Michael Davis:  Mission Red.  with CD accompaniment.  CD includes tracks with slower practice tempos.  Lots of fun.  My personal breakthrough in working on this was when I quit trying to tap my foot six to a bar.  Much easier to think and perform this in 3/2.
Michael's "15 Minute Warmup," which is the Emory Remington routine set to a funky CD accompaniment is also a lot of fun.  There is also a newer 20-minute version that I have not yet heard.  If you check his web site, you'll find lots of interesting things there, including a collection of etudes with CD accompaniment.  (I'm on the road this weekend, and the exact title escapes me.)

Frank Gulino: Sonatina for trombone (or euphonium) and piano.  Cimarron Music Press, 2008.  I love this.  In three movements.  Neo-romantic, uncomplicated.  Favorable review in the ITA Journal, and even my finicky student Taavet, who hates everything, liked this.  Frank's "Worlds Apart" for tenor or bass trombone and piano is also interesting.  www.frankgulino.com.  Ask Frank to send you a sound file of his Sonatina.  His web site also has YouTube links to his "Worlds Apart" and "The Effervescent Ballroom" for tuba and piano.  Steven Mead premiered Frank's "Tornado" for solo euphonium and brass quintet here in Tallinn last year, and has "Tornado" on his list of things to record.  Frank is a recent bass trombone graduate from Peabody.  He has never had a composition lesson his life, which I guess is the reason I find his music so refreshing.

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Beethoven:  Variations on a theme from Handel's Judas Maccabeus.  Arranged for euphonium and piano by David Werden, published by Cimarron Music Press.

Vivaldi cello sonatas and Marcello bassoon sonatas are wonderful.

J.S. Bach cello suites.  Get a 'cello edition.  You can probably find one online for free.

Ian Bousfield, principal of the Vienna Philharmonic, has recently released a collection of vocalises called "Bel Canto."  Includes CD with Ian and his pianist on one track, and just the piano on the next.  There is also a seperate piano book available.  De Haske is the publisher.  I haven't seen this, but it sounds promising.

I close with a couple of offerings from Music Minus One:  George Roberts collections "Unsung Hero" and "Big Band Ballads."  Every kid I teach has to play the "Gershwins' "Embraceable You" from "Unsung Hero."  First-year kids can do it, and it's good for my seventh-year kids  to get a lesson on how to sing from the masterful Mr. Roberts. All of these are fun, and playable on tenor trombone as well.

Oops, that's more than five, but I hope it helps!

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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2011, 05:09PM »

Vivaldi cello sonatas and Marcello bassoon sonatas are wonderful.

I didn't know Marcello wrote bassoon sonatas. Are you sure you're not thinking of Galliard?
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2011, 02:05PM »

I didn't know Marcello wrote bassoon sonatas. Are you sure you're not thinking of Galliard?

Thanks for catching my error, Jeff.  Yes, indeed, I meant Galliard.

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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2011, 02:55PM »

Thanks for catching my error, Jeff.  Yes, indeed, I meant Galliard.

--George, sleep deprived, in Tallinn

The Galliard sonatas are GREAT.
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« Reply #16 on: Jun 05, 2011, 06:07PM »

Add another vote for the Galliard sonatas. I'll collectively list them as #1 and #2 because they are sold in two volumes (three apiece).

#3: Morceau Symphonique by Guilmant.

#4: Concert Piece #5 by B.M. Blasewitch.

#5: Annie Laurie by Arthur Pryor.
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« Reply #17 on: Jun 06, 2011, 10:29PM »

My top three would be:

Morceau Symphonique; Guilmant

Vox Gabrieli; Sulek

Concertino; Serocki

Concerto; Grondahl

Cavatine; Saint-Seans

No specific oder, of course.  :)
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« Reply #18 on: Jun 10, 2011, 07:31PM »

One of my favorites in addition to ones already mentioned is
Mozart's Concerto for Bassoon - K#191.

You've got a great list going!

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« Reply #19 on: Jun 10, 2011, 09:16PM »

Concertino; Serocki

He wrote a Sonatina and a Concerto, but not a Concertino. Which did you mean?
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« Reply #20 on: Jun 11, 2011, 07:27AM »

...I am more into growing musically on the instrument. 

Any great song.

It needn't be one of them fancy "solo for trombone and piano" pieces all the kids are lining up to hear.

How about Brahms?
Ellington?
Wilder?
Fauré?
Grieg?
Rodgers/Hart?
Joni Mitchell?
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« Reply #21 on: Jun 13, 2011, 05:20PM »

Its almost like your asking a parent who their favorite child is... my favorite pieces are the David Concertino, Jacob Concerto, Ropartz in Eb Minor, Rimsky-Korsakov, then Bluebells. And these are all playable by highschoolers, no bourgeois or anything for me until freshman year in college. not really, i goof around on it like once a month.
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« Reply #22 on: Jun 13, 2011, 05:54PM »

Bourgeois 3rd movement isnt that hard, its just the speed and finding a place to breathe  >:(
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« Reply #23 on: Jun 14, 2011, 08:54AM »

Oh it is when you do it at written tempo. Anyone can play it at dotted half note equal to 72. Its getting it at 90-120.
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« Reply #24 on: Jun 14, 2011, 01:37PM »

Oh, its actualy really easy when you drink the "Play like Joe Alessi" pills. (Found at local drugstores)

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« Reply #25 on: Jun 16, 2011, 10:33AM »

Oh, its actualy really easy when you drink the "Play like Joe Alessi" pills. (Found at local drugstores)

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Your starting to remind me of myself last year. It's actually kind of frightening. Some advice is, make sure you play in as many ensembles as possible so you can have at least 3 hours in a day for trombone and your chops will get so good. Don't settle for less than perfect, try and try and try until you get whatever portion of a song correct. Make sure that you know how to take criticism well, because I didn't and got really emotional after a lesson with Ken Thompkins, but sometimes its good to have that. Know your place and remember that you are different than the kid sitting next to you blowing french fry chunks out of his trombone, you actually care.
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« Reply #26 on: Jun 16, 2011, 10:48AM »

Hahha, yea thanks!

If there is free time during the summer, that free time becomes practice time

I'm auditioning for a youth symphony this July 16th so if I make it, then I will have another performance experience!

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My teacher is actually wanting me to play the Bourgeois mvts 2+3 this coming year for the concerto competition! (will defnitely be practicing this MAJORLY
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« Reply #27 on: Jun 16, 2011, 11:00AM »

It's so difficult saying which solo I like better then another!
But if I were to go in order by which one has the greatest "Emotional Impact" on me. Clever

1. Ropartz Piece for trombone and Piano
2. De Meij T-Bone Concerto
3. Sonata - Sulek "Vox Gabrieli"
4. Beau Soir Debussy
5. Grondahl Trombone Concerto

There are so many other great pieces though...  The Second Movement of the David Concertino goes straight through me as well! :cry:
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« Reply #28 on: Jun 18, 2011, 04:34PM »

I dug up another favorite a few nights ago...

"The Bride of the Waves" by Clarke.

I know it's not intended to be a trombone piece, but it's always been a favorite solo piece of mine.
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« Reply #29 on: Aug 17, 2011, 03:35AM »

If you're happy for bass trombone solos also;
Allegro Et Finale - Bozza (good for tenor also)
Concerto in One Movement - Lebedev
Sonata for Bass Trombone - McCarty
Father Neptune - Roy Newsome
Trilogy For Bass Trombone - Dossett

The Tenor Piece that I know that are very good are;
Concert for Trombone - Grondahl
Concerto Borealis - Soreen Hyldgaard
Romance - Weber
Morceau Symphonique - Guilmand
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