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TB964 - Waltz for Elephants - Bass Trombone & Piano Default title

Waltz for Elephants - Bass Trombone & Piano

Stock code: Warwick Music TB964 new
A work for bass trombone and piano which, as its title suggests, would make a light interlude in a programme and show off the more humorous aspects of the... Read more
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Waltz for Elephants - Bass Trombone & Piano

A work for bass trombone and piano which, as its title suggests, would make a light interlude in a programme and show off the more humorous aspects of the bass trombone. The piece ends with an elephantine snort.


ITA Journal Review (Jan 2014) copyright International Trombone Association


Tom Dossett has composed over a dozen works for bass trombone, each with a distinct character. Perhaps designed to show off the more humorous aspects of the bass trombone, this waltz presents clever interplay between pianist and soloist, fresh harmonies that occasionally provide a clear sense of tonality, and rhythmic and articulation variations to challenge the performer and engage the audience. Composed in a large ABA form with coda, the contrasting B section is faster in tempo and less melodic in nature, but does provide an a capella moment that can be interpreted as cadenza-like. A 9/8 section near the end offers a compound waltz feel as the larger three is divided into smaller threes. The piano part is somewhat challenging with the waltz feel retained in the left hand, large leaps between beats 1, and 2-3, and the right hand playing melody. Combining the two parts should present little difficulty given the rhythmic nature of the dance and the straight-forward rhythms in both parts. The solo part requires technical command to achieve legato markings in scalar and arpeggio motions spanning three octaves, as well as register shifts of the same distance between beats. The composed range encompasses FF-e1. There aren’t many stylistic markings, which provide excellent opportunities for interpretation and training. This should be accessible by an advancing high school student, and/or appropriate for a college recital as a diversion from serious pieces. The work cleverly ends on GG with flutter tongue resembling an elephant snort.


David Stern Anderson University

 



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