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Edward Gregson

Publisher: Novello & Co

Trombone Concerto (1979)
Commissioned by the Bedfordshire Education Service with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain for Michael Hext
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1979
Duration
15 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
trombone


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Programme Note
Edward Gregson Trombone Concerto (1979)
This concerto was commissioned by the Bedfordshire Education Service (with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain) specially for Michael Hext, who won the inaugral BBC 'Young Musician of the Year' competition in 1978. It was first performed on 25 July 1979 at the Royal College of Music by Michael Hext, with the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra (conductor Michael Rose).

The work falls into three main sections, played without a break, but conforming to the traditional pattern of concerto structure. After a slow introduction, containing most of the motivic and rhythmic ideas used in the work, there follows the main fast section which is divided into three parts and concludes with a fierce climax (timpani and gong). The slow and intense middle section is linked to a cadenza for the soloist, at first unaccompanied but leading to accompanied references to earlier material. The final section is a scherzo which dramatically ends with a re-statement of the opening slow introduction. A brisk coda concludes the work. The interval of a fourth (and its augmented form) provides melodic and harmonic unity for the work; the tonal juxtaposition between E minor and B flat major throughout the concerto being an important structural device.

As might be expected, the solo part is virtuosic, encompassing the whole range of the instrument, but it also exploits the rather beautiful lyrical sound of which this instrument is capable. The concerto is scored for a standard sized orchestra, but with a large and colourful percussion section.

Edward Gregson

  • Ensemble
    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Peter Moore (trombone) Guy Johnston (cello)
    Conductor
    Bramwell Tovey
    Chandos:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 25 JUN 2011
    Parish Church, Kendal, Cumbria
    Westmorland Youth Orchestra
    Noel Bertram, conductor
  • 25 FEB 2011
    RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester
    Royal Northern College of Music
  • 24 FEB 2011
    Chester Cathedral, UK
    Chetham's Symphony Orchestra
    Peter Moore (trombone); Franz Anton Krager, conductor

    Other Dates:
    25 February - Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
  • 07 FEB 2009
    Wilmslow Leisure Centre, UK
    Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra
    Gareth Brown; Kenneth Woods, conductor
  • 17 MAR 2002
    University Great Hall, University of Lancaster
    The University of Lancaster Symphony Orchestra
  • 20 OCT 2001
    Hastings, Nebraska
    Hastings Symphony Orchestra
    James Johnson, conductor

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