Two Moods (2011) for Four-part Trombone Ensemble

for Trombone Quartet or Four-part Trombone Ensemble
Approximate Duration: 4:45
World premiere on Monday, April 16, 2012 at Alma Thomas Theater in Southwestern University’s Sarofim School of Fine Arts by the Central Texas Civic Trombone Choir, directed by Andrew Russell.

Below is a midi demo from Finale:

Program Notes

Two Moods (2011) for Four Trombones was written for my friend and trombonist Jake Johnson (McNeil High School class of 2011). For months he pressured me to write him a trombone quartet with a jazzy and contemporary sound (and a cool bass line) and in February of 2011 I finally agreed, telling him I’d have it done by the beginning of April. After blowing off the project until around the time I told him I would have it completed, I spent a few weeks madly trying to compose his piece while buying time with lame excuses.

Due to the situation, I took a somewhat stream of consciousness approach in the writing that I had never tried before. I developed some thematic material and a general blueprint of the progression of the piece (which was basically only slow, then fast) and set off writing whatever came to mind.

The first draft of the piece was completed on April 14, 2011. The music contains both contemporary classical and jazz elements (including  quasi swing and latin feels and a funky bass line). Though the piece is written as a single movement in 2 distinct slow and fast parts, it can be programmed as 2 separate movements, “Freely” and “Very Fast”. This piece is suitable to be played either by a 4 piece ensemble or larger with doubled parts.

Two Moods was premiered by the Central Texas Civic Trombone Choir (CTCTC), directed by Andrew Russell on April 16, 2012. A recording of the performance can be found below:

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