Rimsky-Korsakov - Trombone Concerto
Notes by Charles:
The Trombone Concerto I walked into Millers Music looking for a recording of this piece, and couln't
find one. When I asked the bloke in the shop about it, he gave me a very strange look; 'Trombone
Concerto?'; in the same tone of voice as 'Computer Science student?'. Dispite being little known by the
general public and by Millers shop assistants, the Rimsky Korsakov is possibly the trombone solo piece.
It was originally written for Military band for the Russian Navy as part of a series of wind solo pieces
during Rimsky's position as Bandmaster. Despite being quite short, the three standard concerto movements
manage to cover a fair amount of the trombone's capabilities. The first movement consists of two main
themes; a grand fanfare and a quieter section, all in Bb to make the slide positions as convenient as
possible. The second movement is the most beautiful piece of trombone music that I know of, and tries to
disprove the old joke that the dynamic range of the 'bone is "on or off". Then without a break between
movements, we return to a more typical Rimsky military style, which includes some really dangerous fast
runs and the main cadenza. Oh yes.
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