John Mackey for trombone with orchestral winds, brass, and percussion ” Harvest: Concerto for Trombone” is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the . John Mackey (b. ) once famously compared the band and the orchestra to the kind of person a composer might be attracted to at a party. Mackey: Harvest – Concerto for Trombone – EP Joseph Alessi, The West John Mackey’s music is some of the most alive and spirited music I’ve ever heard.

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Tromhone initial, barely audible rumblings, the trombone emerges with wild, strident motifs against the raucous ensemble mackeg a festive celebration only to conclude with a descending solo slide as one life cycle ends.

Concerto for Trombone is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. The Midwest Clinic 5. Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness. In creating music specifically for Joseph AlessiI was drawn to his expressive, unbelievably beautiful tone on the instrument, as well as his ability to flatten everything in his path without sacrificing that beauty.

Depicting winter, the second section features a haunting, sadly inflected melody for the solo trombone, underpinned by prominent roles for the harp and piano. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was also subjected each year to a cycle of agonizing death before glorious rebirth, analogous to the harsh pruning and concegto winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring. You have to love a piece that pays tribute to the god of macket and ecstasy and Mackey does not disappoint.

Concerto for Trombone” is dedicated to Joseph Alessi. The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, following again without pause. All are challenging, and many are innovative. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

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The earth is reborn as Dionysus rises again, bringing the ecstasy and liberation that have been celebrated in his name for centuries. Joe very generously came out to sit in the audience after his performance to hear my work, and the following year at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, we finally had a chance to sit down for coffee, and with the support of Jerry Junkin, put this project into motion.

The Frozen Cathedral by John Mackey. Wind Ensemble Grade But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow. Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness. Glockenspiel, Sandblocks, Marimba, Vibraphone shared with Perc.

His compositional style is fresh and original. The concerto’s movements attempt to represent this dual nature and the cycle of suffering and return. The first section begins with a slow introduction, heavy on ritualistic percussion, representing the summoning of Dionysus’s worshippers to the ceremony. Mackey provides his own program notes: A moody horn solo over mallet percussion provides a striking interlude. Your email address will not be published. The music is absolute — there is no program or storyline apart from the inherent drama of the soloist dancing around and often above!

The gloomy heaviness of the following segment is considerably less appealing and the pealing brass chorales and full-throttle percussion of the conclusion sound like innumerable other contemporary fanfares.

The god is distant, the music like a prayer. Alessi, Mackey and Green received a prolonged, cheering ovation.

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey

The final movement harnesses his power to create a state of euphoria. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The dense figurations of two flutes with tinkling harp dot the second movement. The rite itself builds in intensity, with Dionysus represented, of course, by the solo trombone engaging in call and response with his followers, some of whom are driven to an ecstatic outcry — almost a “speaking in tongues” –represented by insistent woodwind trills.

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As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity. In Bryant added four more movements as a commission from a consortium of music schools, including UM Frost. The concerto is set in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes.

This brutal sacrifice by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — is followed without pause by the second section, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter. March 17, Author: Concerto for Trombone is dedicated to Joseph Alessi.

Concerto for Trombone” is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. A tireless advocate for trmobone wind ensemble scores, Gary Green conducted with hard-driving vigor, drawing incisive, unbridled playing from the ensemble.

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This brutal sacrifice by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — is followed without pause by the second section, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter. Whether spinning the long, winding melodic lines of the slow movement, the fast slides and groans of the ecstatic rituals or the pyrotechnical tour de force of the final section, Alessi showed himself an absolute master of the instrument.

But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow. Despite my original intention, the full, uninterrupted melody never makes an appearance in the piece. Joseph Alessi Premiered February 19th,