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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Concerto for Trombone is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus.
Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey – Wind Band Literature
But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied concerot do not follow. Vibraphone, Marimba shared with Perc.
The music is absolute — there is no program or storyline apart from the inherent drama of the soloist dancing around and often above! Concerto for Trombone in Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness. 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 the support of Jerry Junkin, put this project into motion.
Despite my original intention, the full, uninterrupted melody never makes an appearance in the piece. The concerto is conecrto in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes. The Frozen Cathedral by John Mackey. The god is distant, the music like a prayer. The concerto is set in three amckey sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes.
Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey
As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before glorious rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring.
Employing maceky surround0-sound perspective, the composer places players at the sides and rear of the hall. The score does succeed in providing a bravura ensemble vehicle that requires every instrument and section to play to the very limits of their capacity. As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity. You can also read about the piece at the Wind Repertory Project.
Concerto for Trombone” is dedicated to Joseph Alessi. The Midwest Clinic 5. You have to love a piece that pays tribute to the god of wine and ecstasy and Mackey does not disappoint. The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, mackeyy again without pause. Concerto for Trombone is dedicated to Joseph Alessi. His compositional style is fresh and original. 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 inkling of an idea to write a concerto for Joe Alessi came when clncerto shared a program at the University of Miami in November, A moody horn solo over mallet percussion provides a striking interlude. Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window.
But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow.
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. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
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. A tireless advocate for contemporary wind ensemble scores, Gary Green conducted tromone hard-driving vigor, drawing incisive, unbridled playing from the ensemble. Alessi, Mackey and Green received a prolonged, cheering ovation.
The earth is reborn as Dionysus rises again, bringing the ecstasy and liberation that have been celebrated in his name for centuries. The mavkey itself builds in intensity, with Dionysus represented, iohn course, by the solo trombone engaging in call and response with his followers, some of whom are driven to an ecstatic outcry — almost a “speaking in tongues” –represented by insistent woodwind trills.
Wind Ensemble Grade In creating music specifically for Joseph AlessiI tgombone drawn to his expressive, unbelievably beautiful tone on the instrument, as well as his ability to flatten everything in his path without sacrificing that beauty.
Concerto for Wind Ensemble by Steven Bryant. The first fortissimo roar of the full ensemble and antiphonal forces perks up the ears.
Mackey based his work on the myth of the Greek god Dionysus with the trombone as the voice of the protagonist.
With this attitude and his prodigious talent, John Mackey has become a superstar composer among band directors. In Bryant added four more movements as a commission from a consortium of music schools, including UM Frost. Mackey provides his own program notes:. Band Concerti Orchestra Genres: Cabrillo Music Festival 4. The first section begins with a slow introduction, heavy on ritualistic percussion, representing the summoning of Dionysus’s worshippers to the ceremony.
Unlike most of my other music, I initially created a long for me melody instead of a short motive as the basis of all three movements of the work, and drew motivic material from that as needed. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before glorious rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring. The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, following again without pause.
Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The god is distant, the music like a prayer.