John Mackey for trombone with orchestral winds, brass, and percussion ” Harvest: Concerto for Trombone” is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the . John Mackey (b. ) once famously compared the band and the orchestra to the kind of person a composer might be attracted to at a party. Mackey: Harvest – Concerto for Trombone – EP Joseph Alessi, The West John Mackey’s music is some of the most alive and spirited music I’ve ever heard.
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Concerto for Trombone is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus.
Concerto for Trombone – Music – Steven Bryant
The Midwest Clinic 5. This brutal sacrifice by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — is followed without pause by the second section, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter.
Trombon very generously came out to sit in the audience after his performance to hear my work, and the following year at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, we finally had a chance to sit down for coffee, and with the support of Jerry Junkin, put this project into motion.
Joseph Alessi Premiered February 19th, His compositional style is fresh and original. Notify me of new posts by email.
In three connected sections, the eighteen-minute concerto is a cycloramic feast of shifting moods and instrumental hues. I quoted this trokbone work of Webern in my Concerto for Wind Ensemble, the work Joe first heard in Miami which sparked his interest in my music, so it serves as a subtle connecting thread between these two events.
This brutal sacrifice by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — is followed without pause by the second section, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter.
The concerto is set in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes. Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness. The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, following again without pause.
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Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness. Mackey provides his own program notes: Wind Ensemble Grade Concerto for Trombone” is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. All are challenging, and many are innovative. As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Mackey provides his own program notes:. The first section begins with a slow introduction, heavy on ritualistic percussion, representing the summoning of Dionysus’s worshippers to the ceremony.
Depicting winter, the second section features a haunting, sadly inflected melody for the solo trombone, underpinned by prominent roles for the harp and piano.
After initial, barely audible rumblings, the trombone emerges with wild, strident motifs against the raucous ensemble in a festive celebration only to conclude with a descending solo slide as one life cycle rrombone. As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity.
The Frozen Cathedral by John Mackey. But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow.
Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey
Employing a surround0-sound perspective, the composer places players at the sides and rear of the hall. The first inkling of an idea to write a concerto for Joe Alessi came when we shared a program at the Rrombone of Miami in November, You can also read about the piece at the Wind Repertory Project. The god is distant, the music like a prayer.
In creating music specifically for Joseph AlessiI was drawn to his expressive, unbelievably beautiful tone on the instrument, as well as his ability to flatten everything in his path macckey sacrificing that beauty. March 17, Author: But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before glorious rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring. Trumpet Concerto Drum Music: But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow.
Mackey based his work on the myth of the Greek god Dionysus with the trombone as the voice of the protagonist. The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, following jon without pause. Cabrillo Music Festival 4. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before glorious rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring.
In Bryant added four more movements as a commission from a consortium of music schools, including UM Frost. Concerto for Wind Ensemble by Steven Bryant. Whether spinning the long, winding melodic lines of the slow movement, the fast slides and groans of the ecstatic rituals or the pyrotechnical tour de force of the final section, Alessi showed himself an absolute master of the instrument.
The score does succeed in providing a bravura ensemble vehicle that requires every tromhone and section to play to the very limits of their capacity.
The first fortissimo roar of the full ensemble and antiphonal forces perks up the ears. Glockenspiel, Sandblocks, Marimba, Vibraphone shared with Perc. A moody horn solo over mallet percussion provides a striking interlude. The gloomy heaviness of the following segment is considerably less appealing and the pealing brass chorales and full-throttle percussion of the conclusion sound like innumerable other contemporary fanfares.
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