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John Swallow:
A Little Trombone Music
A LITTLE TROMBONE MUSIC coverFour recent trombone works by four composers from four different countries -- England, Italy, France, and the United States -- performed by one of America's premier trombonists, John Swallow: that is A Little Trombone Music

The juxtaposition of these works on one record reveals not only stylistic and nationally oriented contrasts, but fascinating commonalties and interrelationships between them.  The catalyst that binds these works together and bridges the stylistic gaps between them is jazz and improvisation.

From the Welchman Alun Hoddinott's lively jaunty syncopations and Darius Milhaud's jazz inspired vocal/theatrical effects to Gunther Schuller's varied allusions to various jazz idioms, America's only indigenous homegrown music runs like a reminding thread throughout the entire program.

"A disc I can recommend without reservation...
an excellent program."
—Fanfare

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PERFORMERS
John Swallow, trombone,
with
studio ensembles conducted by Gunther Schuller and Arthur Weisberg
   
PROGRAM
Side A
Gunther Schuller: Eine Kleine Posaunenmusik (1980)
for trombone and wind ensemble
18:35
1.    Allegro 4:14
2. Recitative 3:33
3. Scherzo 1:39
4. Chorale 5:15
5. Allegro energico 1:54
  
6. Luciano Berio: Sequenza V (1966)
for solo trombone
6:00
  
Side B
1. Alun Hoddinott: Ritornelli, Op 85 (1974)
for trombone, wind instruments, and percussion
10:18
  
2. Darius Milhaud: Concertino d'Hiver (1953)
for trombone and strings
9:58
   
Recorded on (A1-5, B) 28-30 December 1983 at RCA Studios in New York and (A6) 28 January 1986 live at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.
  
Producer: Gunther Schuller
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