Skaggs, Andrew Varietals

Trombone Solos w/Piano

  • Skaggs, Andrew


    21st Century. Varietals was written in 2008 and first performed at Towson Trombone Day in 2009, and again at the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, DC. The piece is dedicated to my friend and former colleague, Dr. Natalie Mannix, professor of trombone at Towson University, and it was she who premiered the work along with pianist Stephanie Armstrong. Natalie is a serious oenophile, so I thought it would be interesting to base my piece on different types of wine grapes, and to try to capture something of their essence in music.

    Opening - Barolo: Barolo is bold and powerful, often referred to as the “king of wines,” and comes from the Piedmont region of Italy. This movement begins with a strong fanfare motive built on ascending perfect fourths, and that idea continues into the first of two interlocking themes. Meanwhile, the piano complements the solo trombone with a jocular ostinato based on consecutive fifths. The musical characteristics of the opening movement are boisterous, dry, and rather aggressive.

    Intermezzo - Toscana: Toscana, another red varietal, is more smooth and velvety, and hails (as its name suggests) from the area of Tuscany. For this movement I wanted something heartfelt, sentimental and without artifice. It begins with a recitative meant to evoke the style of Verdi or Puccini, and the main theme is based on an orchestral passage that appears in the second act of the opera "Tosca."

    Tarantella - Verduzzo: Verduzzo is a golden wine grape, with a rich, sweet flavor redolent of melons and honey. I chose the form of the Tarantella for this movement in order to close the work with a rousing climax. The Tarantella is a frantic dance once believed to counter the effects of a tarantula bite (though in all likelihood, it had exactly the opposite effect - so it goes...). There are two themes in play, one in F major and another in B minor, and the piece ends in an exhilarating rushof energy. Click the links below to hear Nitzan Haroz performing at Temple University on June 18, 2012. -the publisher

    - 1st movement
    - 2nd movement
    - 3rd movement

    (Opening - Barolo)
    (Intermezzo - Toscano)
    (Tarantella - Verduzzo)

    • Category: Trombone Solos w/Piano
    • Item: 100950
    • Grade/Level: Advanced
    • Price: $25.00

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