Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra

Henri Tomasi (1901-1971), a French composer of Corsican origin once openly acknowledged being a melodist with all his heart, even though he made use of many modern expressive forms. Unlike many of his colleagues, he rejected musical systems many people have trouble understanding. Instead, he concentrated on writing his music for a large audience.

 

In his compositions he used the widest variety of genres, scorings, musical styles and also elements from Corsican, Provençal, Cambodian or Near Eastern music. As a conductor, Tomasi was just as active as he was as a composer. Besides his operatic creations, concertos for a large variety of solo instruments and orchestras rank as significant and important.

 

Following his studies (among others with Gaubert) at the Paris Conservatory, Tomasi won the 1927 Prix de Rome, and in 1952 Grand Prix de la Musique Française. Tomasi joined forces with the composers Prokofiev, Milhaud, Honegger and Poulenc to form the "Triton" group in the 1930´s.

 

Like the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Tomasi wrote the Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra in 1956, thus enriching the literature for trombone with a contemporary concerto. The world première took place with Maurice Suzan as soloist in October of 1957 in Paris and the Orchestre Pasdeloup under the direction of Serge Baudo.

 

Tomasi selected the classical structure of a three-movement concerto, with the first movement consisting of an andante and a scherzo. One particularly striking musical element in this movement is the jazz element of the virtuoso trombone part in conjunction with the impressionistic moments and a French waltz. Tomasi described the second movement of his concerto as nocturnes. Here, the trombone ostinato accompanies the strings, the harp and the woodwinds. The musical activity grows to a forte finally moving into a blues melody. The returning opening motif then gently concludes the movement. Inspired by South American rhythms, the third movement also adopts thematic material from the first two movements. In a concluding coda, the movement ends fortissimo with the trombone glowing on a high B.

 

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01.03.2015, 11:00 o'clock
Festsaal im Münchner Künstlerhaus
5th Chamber Music Concert
"Brass Symphony"
Dukas, Bourgeois, Bach
Segers, Klingler, Peschl
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05.03.2015, 20:00 o'clock
Philharmonie im Gasteig
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Weinberg, Berg,
Nesterowicz, Eberle,
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06.03.2015, 20:00 o'clock
Philharmonie im Gasteig
3. Abo h5
Dvořák, Strauss,
Gergiev, Gabetta,
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08.03.2015, 11:00 o'clock
Philharmonie im Gasteig
6. Abo m
Weinberg, Berg,
Nesterowicz, Eberle,
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09.03.2015, 20:30 o'clock
Paris
Tour
Dvořák, Strauss,
Gergiev, Gabetta,
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10.03.2015, 20:00 o'clock
Saarbrücken
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Górecki, Dvořák, Beethoven
Nesterowicz, Gabetta,
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16.03.2015, 19:00 o'clock
Allerheiligen-Hofkirche
Kammerkonzert der Stipendiaten
Desprez, Purcell, Janequin
des Philharmonischen Chores München, solisten, Karmasin
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19.03.2015, 20:00 o'clock
Philharmonie im Gasteig
3. Abo k5
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Trevino,
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20.03.2015, 20:00 o'clock
Philharmonie im Gasteig
5. Abo c
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Trevino,
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22.03.2015, 19:00 o'clock
Philharmonie im Gasteig
5. Abo G5
Schubert, , Mahler
Trevino,
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26.03.2015, 20:00 o'clock
Philharmonie im Gasteig
5. Abo b
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Eschenbach, Barto,
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27.03.2015, 20:00 o'clock
Philharmonie im Gasteig
6. Abo d
Rihm, , Bruckner
Eschenbach, Barto,
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Hobraeuhaus-Plakat 2015
29.03.2015, 11:00 o'clock
Festsaal des Münchner Hofbräuhauses
Siferlinger, Osterhammer,
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