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Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals

by Kenneth Thompkins

This recording is a diverse collection of music featuring the lyric qualities of the trombone in different settings.
Genre: Classical: Sonata
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Piece Concertante
8:04 $0.99
2. Sonata for Alto Trombone and Piano: I. Clamor
4:32 $0.99
3. Sonata for Alto Trombone and Piano: II. Evensong
6:00 $0.99
4. Sonata for Alto Trombone and Piano: III. Prank
2:39 $0.99
5. Sonata for Alto Trombone and Piano: IV. Friday Night
3:56 $0.99
6. Sonata for Solo Trombone: I. Recitative
2:52 $0.99
7. Sonata for Solo Trombone: II. Double
3:12 $0.99
8. Sonata for Solo Trombone: III. Rondo
0:52 $0.99
9. Idolatry
2:21 $0.99
10. Poeme
1:31 $0.99
11. Parted
0:38 $0.99
12. A Black Pierrot
2:21 $0.99
13. How Great Thou Art
4:39 $0.99
14. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
3:02 $0.99
15. Sweet Sweet Spirit
4:26 $0.99
16. Precious Lord Take My Hand
3:30 $0.99
17. Sonata for Trombone and Piano: I. Moderato
4:24 $0.99
18. Sonata for Trombone and Piano: II. Andante cantabile
1:57 $0.99
19. Sonata for Trombone and Piano: III. Allegro giusto
1:42 $0.99
20. Sonata for Trombone and Piano: IV. Allegro comodo
2:00 $0.99
21. Sonata for Trombone and Piano: V. Grandioso
2:57 $0.99
22. Ocean of Air for Trombone and Electronics
10:27 album only
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Album Notes
Sonatas, Songs and Spirituals is an instrumental CD that features the trombone in different musical settings. Piece Concertante by Carlos Salzedo is a wonderful piece that captures different moods and colors of the trombone. Philip Wharton's Sonata for Alto Trombone and Piano is a contemporary composition that shows the broad range of the alto trombone—from sweet and lyrical to soaring and majestic. Sonata for Solo Trombone by Barney Childs is an incredible showcase for the solo trombone. Childs' use of range, timbre and space really captures the listener's attention. When I first heard Songs of Separation by William Grant Still, I was stunned by their haunting beauty. These songs were originally written for voice and piano, but the strong musical quality of the compositions lends itself wonderfully to the trombone. The Spirituals on this recording are very special to me. I grew up going to church with my parents and hearing wonderful music every Sunday. What struck me about the experience of hearing music in the church was that it was such a personal expression of joy, sorrow and redemption. Kris Johnson did a spectacular job arranging the Spirituals on the recording. He captured the intimate feel of the church with lush string writing and great vocal writing on Sweet, Sweet Spirit. The Sonata for Tenor Trombone and Piano by Alec Wilder is a really fun piece. Wilder's admiration for jazz is evident in this composition by his skillful use of jazz harmonies and swinging rhythms. Ocean of Air for trombone and Electronics by Stephen Andrew Taylor is a piece of great depth, intensity and wonder. Here is what Stephen had to say about his piece: "Many times in an airplane descending to land, I have felt the effort of the plane cutting through the atmosphere—an ocean of air, surrounding our planet, with all of us living on its ocean floor. This feeling hit home when we went on a family road trip to the Grand Canyon for the first time in 2015. Its immensity can’t be captured in a photo; you really have to see it in person. The gulf of empty air before me, echoing from the rock walls, left me speechless...[S]tanding there at the top of a cliff, I realized that synthesized reverberation effects, combined with the majesty of the trombone, would be ideal to capture this vast emptiness. But as the title says, it’s not really empty: it’s an ocean, we can feel it around us, it keeps us alive."
This recording is a collection of styles of styles and pieces that I really enjoy hearing and performing. I hope you will have as much fun listening to this music as I do when performing these pieces.



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