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Concerto Nr. 2 for Trombone and Winds  14:41. The first movement contains three sections in a loosely woven Rondo form. The opening statement sets the tone for the movement, played in an allegro moderate tempo. The opening notes, fortissimo and bold, contain the rich sonorous sound of the mid-range of the trombone. But then, the amazing range of the instrument is further demonstrated when the opening 13-measure thematic statement ends with  a short ad-lib cadenza containing a three-octave drop to the dominant pedal range of the D minor tonality. As the first section develops, a wide variety of tonal colorings emerge, from a low strident range to the warm middle and then the delicate high range. The boisterous high spirits of the first section ends with a return to the main theme. The second section features the mid-range of the instrument with a continuation of the thematic material.  While the concentration of material is an articulated technical presentation, a wide variety of tonal and dynamic colorings are presented throughout. Abruptly, the third section begins with a final, articulated natural slurring of notes moving through a rarely used three-octave range of the first movement’s tonal center. A short dichotomy of rhythms leads to the quiet ending, at the bottom of the tonal center. Movement two presents the melodic and singing qualities of the trombone in a lyric development of the main thematic material in A major. The final movement returns to the original key presenting the instrument in a finale of technical articulation, energy, and brilliance.

Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Trombone – Movement 1
Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Trombone – Movement 2
Concerto No. 2 in D minor for Trombone – Movement 3