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Let's rock!

The Sonata for Trombone and Piano was composed for Amy Bowers, who premiered the work February 2, 2019 in Newport Beach, California.

I. Da Dee gets is composed in sonata form and gets its title onomatopoeically from the nursery rhyme-like quality of its opening measures. It is a playground taunt – or perhaps the “Millennial Whoop” in augmentation?

II. Waiting for Sunrise emerged from a snippet of melody originally conceived for a solo bassoon piece. (It may show up in an alternative form in my Bassoon Sonata – once that is completed. I like to reuse and recycle). The way the movement unfolds was inspired perhaps by the grotto scene from Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe.

III. Clown Car opens with a “Surprise!” gesture — a sort of musical clowning around. The second theme is a mambo bass line accompanying a soaring, hopeful horn line. There is some “blues” too, before a contemplative coda brings all to a reassuring, if slightly melancholic, close.


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