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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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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 first fortissimo roar of the full ensemble and antiphonal forces perks up the ears. A moody horn solo over mallet percussion provides a striking interlude. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Cabrillo Music Tromgone 4. You can also read about the trkmbone at the Wind Repertory Project. The earth is reborn as Dionysus rises again, bringing the ecstasy and liberation that have been celebrated in his name for centuries.

Concerto frombone Trombone for solo trombone and orchestra without strings Click to buy: But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow. You have to love a piece that pays tribute to the god of wine and ecstasy and Mackey does not disappoint.

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey

The concerto is set in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes. The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, following again without pause.

March 17, Author: With this attitude and his prodigious talent, Mac,ey Mackey has become a superstar composer among band directors. The concerto is set in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes.

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I quoted this same 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. Alessi, Mackey and Green received a prolonged, cheering ovation.

Mackey based his work on the myth of the Greek god Dionysus with the trombone as the voice of the protagonist. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before concertoo rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring. This brutal sacrifice by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — tronbone followed without pause by the second section, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter.

Concerto for Trombone is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. The first inkling of an idea to write a concerto for Joe Alessi came when we shared a program at the University of Miami in November, In three connected sections, the eighteen-minute concerto is a cycloramic feast of shifting moods and instrumental hues.

Mackey provides his own program notes: Your email address will not be published.

Glockenspiel, Sandblocks, Marimba, Vibraphone shared with Perc. 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. But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Mackey provides his own program notes:. The earth is reborn as Dionysus rises again, bringing the ecstasy and liberation that have been celebrated in his name for centuries. Concerto for Wind Ensemble by Steven Bryant. Joseph Alessi Premiered February 19th, 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 ends.

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Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness.

The music is absolute — there is no program or storyline apart from the inherent drama of the soloist dancing around and often above! Vibraphone, Marimba shared with Perc.

The concerto’s movements attempt to represent this dual nature concert the cycle of suffering and return. Trumpet Concerto Drum Music: His compositional style is fresh and original. The god is distant, the music like a prayer. Band Concerti Orchestra Genres: Despite my original intention, the full, uninterrupted melody never makes an appearance in the piece.

Joe 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 conceryo support of Jerry Junkin, put this project into motion.

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 tdombone the instrument.

Concerto for Trombone – Music – Steven Bryant

Concerto for Trombone is dedicated to Joseph Alessi. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The Midwest Clinic 5.