20th Century. Written for Curtis Olsen, former Professor of Trombone at Michigan State University. Cast in 3 movements, the first movement is organized in sonata-allegro form. The two themes contrast one another, with the first being very dramatic with wide leaps over an incessant pattern of sixteenth octaves in the piano and the second being more lyrical and diatonic, using the octatonic scale as a resource for melody and harmony. The second movement is a set of four variations set to a dark and mysterious theme crafted out of chromatic mediant relationships. The third movement is marked "alla fugue" and alternates between a syncopated theme treated fugally and a dramatic and lyrical second theme in a homophonic texture. -DP Pollard.
(mvt. I) (mvt. II) (mvt. III)
Recorded by: Θ - Randall Hawes, on Barn Burner - CD 106979 Θ - Denson Paul Pollard, on Up From Below - CD 043352