St Petersburg, Concert Hall

An evening of the trombone and tuba

Conductor: Alexei Repnikov

Third concert of the forty-third subscription

Alexander Gorbunov (bass trumpet, trombone)
Mikhail Selivyorstov (trombone)
Pavel Serdyuk (trombone)
Ivan Smirnov (trombone)
Maim Maximenkov (trombone)
Mikhail Vinnitsky (trombone)
Filipp Pavlov (trombone)
Alexander Ponomaryov (trombone)
Alexei Lobikov (alto trombone)
Ivan Kryzhov (bass trombone)
Valentine Patsyuk (bass trombone)
Alexander Kovalchuk (bass trombone)
Nikolai Slepnev (trumpet)
Boris Dzhioev (trumpet)
Yevgeny Bodoravko (trumpet)
Konstantin Zlatin (trumpet)
Yevgeny Zhikalov (percussion)
Polina Grigorieva (piano)
Olga Kotlyarova (organ)

The ensemble Renaissance Percussion
The Mariinsky Brass Septet
The Mariinsky Grand Trombone Ensemble
The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Alexei Repnikov

John Williams
Olympic Fanfare

Sergei Prokofiev
Scythian Suite, 2nd movement
The Evil God and the Dance of the Pagan Monsters

Vyacheslav Kruglik
Winnie-the-Pooh and the Bees for contrabass trombone and eleven trombones

Désiré Dondeyne
Suite for Trombone Quartet

Michael Davis
Trombone Institute of Technology for two trombones

Leonard Bernstein
Elegy for Mippy for solo trombone

Alexander Gilman
Symphonic Piece for Trombone and Organ

Stephen Rush
Rebellion for trombone, piano and percussion

Tommy Pederson
Cogent caprice for trombone and trombone ensemble

Astor Piazzolla

Gioachino Rossini
Figaro’s aria from the opera Il barbiere di Siviglia

Dmitry Shostakovich
Symphony No 10, 2nd movement

Grigoraş Dinicu
Hora staccato for bass-trumpet and orchestra

Jan Koetsier
Allegro maestoso for bass-trombone and orchestra

Lars-Erik Larsson
Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra

Alexander Arutiunian
Tuba Concerto

Corrado Saglietti
Tango and Speedy from the suite for alto trombone and chamber orchestra

Christian Lindberg
Arabenne for trombone and orchestra

Richard Wagner
Overture from the opera Tannhäuser

About the Concert

The trombone is an instrument with a long history: the earliest surviving depictions are in late 15th century frescoes. With the passing of the centuries, the basic construction of the instrument has remained almost unchanged. During the late Renaissance and the baroque period the trombone held a special position in music. The gliding tube – the coulisse – made it possible to cover the entire sound range (which was not possible for other brass instruments of the time). In church music trombones doubled as vocal roles and in secular genres they effectively and vividly sounded in ensemble consorts, particularly when combined with other instruments.
The expressive abilities of the trombone drew the attention of composers: already in 1607 in his opera Orfeo Claudio Monteverdi dictated the use of five trombones, creating the gloomy atmosphere of an underground realm. In the 18th century trombones were used in oratorios by Handel and operas by Gluck and Mozart, and from the time of Beethoven they featured in the symphony orchestra. A new view of the role of the trombone in the orchestra may be observed in the scores of the Romantic composers. In the scores of Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler the trombones are afforded an incredibly broad range of moods – from the light and festive to soft and lyrical or dark and evil. In the 20th century the arsenal of technical methods for playing the trombone was enriched through jazz, in which the trombone became one of the main instruments, both as a solo and in big bands.

The tuba is the deepest sounding instrument in the brass section. It is a relatively recent addition to the orchestra; the design of the tuba as we know it today emerged as late as the second quarter of the 19th century. Wagner was one of the first to use it in his opera Der Fliegende Holländer. In the orchestra the tuba, as a general rule, forms a quartet with a group of three trombones, providing a reliable bass sound for the whole ensemble.
The concert repertoire for the tuba is relatively sparse, although in those rare cases where it appears as a solo instrument its powerful and intense timbre creates a memorable effect.

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