Bass Trombone and Piano

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  1. A Caged Bird

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    with Piano

    This piece was not written specifically in response to either the poem by Maya Angelou or that by Paul Dunbar that both refer to “the caged bird”. However, there is no doubt that both poems have inspired my own further exploration and now musical extrapolation on the subject of being “caged” and of still “singing” in spite of this. With all due respect and admiration for Ms. Angelou and Mr. Dunbar, I have attempted here in my own concept of “cagedness” to include, beyond  racial references, also those issues that include gender, sexuality, economic status, medical/physical problems and any number of other situations that create restrictive and even imprisoning boundaries from which we and all others struggle to break free and find fully human, creative and even spiritual expression within ourselves. Even within the many bonds and restrictive boundaries that we often find ourselves, it still seems to be a fundamental part of our Nature as both human and Spiritual beings that we cannot help but “sing” in both joy and praise both from ourselves and to our own Creator despite the sometimes, even apparently insurmountable obstacles we encounter. For me, this piece is not so much an exploration as to “why the caged bird sings” as it is simply a commenting, even with some measure of wonderment, on its remarkable inevitability.

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  2. Bone to Pick

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    with Piano;

    With a background in rock and heavy metal, I figured it was time to write something in an art music setting using similar musical materials. The bass trombone is a great instrument for expressing aggression, and thus fits this style very well. However, there are many moments of lyrical and romantic playing which find their way into this piece. These “happier” elements eventually win out in the end, which is where the title comes from. “Bone to Pick” is essentially a musical narration of the path of an argument.

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  3. Commission for Sonata for Bass Trombone and Piano by Frank Gulino
    $175.00

    I originally came across Frank Gulino’s music a few years ago at one of the International Trombone Festivals. I quickly fell in love with his musical voice and compositional style. After switching to bass trombone a few years ago, I realized quickly how small the bass trombone solo repertoire truly is. There are staples in the repertoire, but due to the nature of a small pool of repertoire choices, I wanted to take this opportunity to form a consortium and collaborate with Frank. My hope is this new piece will become a modern staple of the repertoire. - Austin Pancner

    Commission:

    Bass Trombone and Piano

    Duration - ca. 8-10 minutes

    Difficulty - Graduate student/Professional

    Cost - $175 per participant, limited to 30 participants. 

    Lead Commissioner and Consortium Organizer - Austin Pancner

    Anticipated Completion - September 1, 2021

    Participation Deadline -  April 1, 2021

    Commission Benefits:

    Performance exclusivity from September 1, 2021 to September, 2022

    Bound score and bound solo part inscribed with the name and institution of each participant.

    To hear Frank Gulino's first Trombone Sonata, see sound clip above or visit link.

     

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  4. For the Funk of It

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    with Piano: Hard-driving funk and off-beat reggae passages are contrasted with lyrical lines derived from a twelve-tone set. This unusual combination of styles creates an energetic and volatile setting for the performers, who must switch from one style to another within the course of the composition. The result is an entertaining and memorable work which is fun to perform. For the Funk of It was written for and premiered by Fritz Kaenzig of the University of Michigan. Learn More
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