Jacques Casterede: Fantaisie Concertante
Written in 1960, Fantasie Concertante is an attractive and enjoyable work for both the listener and audience. Like other French compositions, this too spends more time in the high register, and only dips below the staff a handful of times. In performing this I tried to go for a lighter bass trombone sound, without sacrificing the characteristic breadth of the bass trombone's sound, and for clear, compact articulation. I hope you enjoy this recording!
Someone To Watch Over Me: Dedicated to Healthcare Workers, by Alessi, Yamamoto, Wendel, Morgenstern
Doctors Without Borders: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/donate-now Free sheet music download: https://cherryclassics.com/products/geshwin-someone-to-watch-over-me-for-trombone-quartet?_pos=1&_sid=e03e46658&_ss=r COVID-19 is a reminder of shared humanity for many, and for some of our fragility as well. Without resorting to hyperbole, I stand in awe of those people who have taken it upon themselves to care for victims of this disease, at times without adequate protective equipment, and with much still unknown about how this virus spreads. This is the spirit with which I wrote this arrangement of George and Ira Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me, and I'm thankful that colleagues I admire so much, Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, Ko-ichiro Yamamoto of the Seattle Symphony, and Brian Wendel, my section-mate in the Vancouver Symphony, all agreed to record this arrangement with me. We were assisted by Jasper Davis who served as our AV specialist for this project, and the sheet music is available through Gordon Cherry'. I hope you enjoy listening to, and perhaps playing this arrangement as well. When you do so, I wish you to consider donating what you're able, in time, talent, or funds, to help our fellow humans at times of need whenever they arise. With Admiration and Love for Healthcare Professionals who are Watching Over Us Always. - Ilan Morgenstern, April 2020
Meat Salad! By Jim Hopson
From the composer: ‘Meat Salad’ is a new piece for solo bass trombone commissioned by Ilan Morgenstern of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Inspired in part by the slap-bass stylings of artists like Bootsy Collins and in part by the inimitable trombone playing of ‘Funky Fred’ Wesley, this piece is simultaneously a groovy crowd-pleaser and an acrobatic showstopper. ‘Meat Salad’ gives the advanced bass trombonist the opportunity unleash his/her full repertoire of tricks including: trills, growls, turns, glissandi, extended range, and just about every type articulation imaginable. This piece was premiered in the August 2019 at the 2nd annual Vancouver Trombone Week, with the composer adding an emphatic (if unsophisticated) cowbell accompaniment to Morgenstern’s bass trombone.
How to SHIP a TROMBONE
If I need work done on my horn, or am selling an instrument online, this is how I pack my trombone for shipping. The materials I use in the video are: Gun case: https://www.amazon.com/Plano-Pillared-Take-Down-Case/dp/B000P3YSO6/ref=sr_1_12?dchild=1&keywords=plano&qid=1598486157&s=hunting-fishing&sr=1-12 Cardboard tube: https://www.homedepot.com/p/SAKRETE-12-in-x-48-in-Tube-for-Concrete-200077374/100324386 Lamp box: https://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/Boxes/Electronics-Boxes/Lamp-Box/?id=2747 Packing peanuts: https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-258/Peanuts-and-Dispensers/Anti-Static-Peanuts-White-20-Cu-Ft-Bag?pricode=WB1509&gadtype=pla&id=S-258&gclid=CjwKCAjwkJj6BRA-EiwA0ZVPVnY21SNqyUOMQld4OXCYORIiWrsPcqMk4lGXKDLZpOS3RDap4yDj0RoCeqsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Bubble wrap: https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-19334P/Bubble-Rolls/UPSable-Eco-Friendly-Bubble-Roll-24-x-125-1-2-Perforated?pricode=WB1239&gadtype=pla&id=S-19334P&gclid=CjwKCAjwkJj6BRA-EiwA0ZVPVpzT4Ac58FohwwO1Zaf-oLXS5z7speNvHw7AV6Wz6zszI28U8u72zRoCnSwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Henri Tomasi “Etre Ou Ne Pas Etre” (To be or not to be)
Henri Tomasi wrote this Bass Trombone solo with trombone trio accompaniment to evoke Shakespeare's famous soliloquy. I like having this passage read out loud before performing this piece, as was expertly done in this performance by Sharman King, of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. A big thank you to Sharman for his reading, and to Brian Wendel, Andrew Poitrier, and Jeremy Berkman for their beautiful playing. ------------------------------------------------------- (Hamlet) To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep, No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to: 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep; To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub: For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause—there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, Th'oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of dispriz'd love, the law's delay, The insolence of office, and the spurns That patient merit of th'unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovere'd country, from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? Thus conscience does make cowards of us all, And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pitch and moment With this regard their currents turn awry And lose the name of action.
Jan Koetsier Allegro Maestoso
A wonderful recital piece by prolific dutch composer and conductor Jan Koetsier. At roughly 5 minutes this piece is of a moderate difficulty level and provides the performer opportunities to show both a lyrical and a more robust style. Recorded at the University of British Columbia, January 2020 by James Hopson. Audio and Video by Jasper Davis. Ilan Morgenstern, Bass Trombone: www.ilanmorgenstern.com Kanade Tsurusawa, Piano: www.kanadetsurusawa.com Jan Koetsier: www.jan-koetsier.de