Concerto for Trombone and Percussion
Composer: Daniel Berg
Instrument: Trombone and Percussion
Some years ago, I wanted to discover the flute and wrote SECOND CONCERTO for flute and percussion in five movements. Since then, the piece has been quite popular worldwide and when I was asked to write a new piece for the very talent Louise Pollock, principal trombonist with the Gothenburg Opera in Sweden, I took my chance.
The structure of the concerto has the same as the concerto for flute. Five movements in different styles with different techniques for the solo instrument.
1st movement has a challenging solo part with an ostinato in percussion (this time I found inspiration from American composer Gene Koshinski).
2nd mvt is built on the favorite chord I often use in my music (for example in KINKAKU-JI for alto flute and vibraphone).
3rd mvt has the humor in focus – it’s a game of cat and mouse in rhythms.
In the 4th mvt I wanted to write beautiful and sad for trombone with percussion effects.
For me the sound of a trombone also reminds me about great brass musicians like Nils Landgren and the soul group Earth Wind and Fire and in the 5th mvt you will get some of this funky groove.
Percussion (2 players):
2 Cymbals (large)
1 Crasch Cymbal
1 B.D. (or fat floor tom)
5 Cowbells (or frying pans, kitchen pots etc)
Water Phone (w/ bow)
About the composer +
Daniel Berg is a Swedish composer, musician and professor in classical percussion. He combines the role of writing music with being a versatile musician and teaches solo percussion and chamber music at the University College of Music in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Örebro in Sweden.
In his passion to promote the marimba as a solo- and chamber music instrument, Daniel has worked intimately with a number of composers who have written original music for the instrument. This includes more than 250 world premieres for solo and chamber works. Daniel Berg is an artist of Bergerault Marimbas and Elite Mallets.
As a composer Daniel has written a lot for percussion published by Edition Svitzer like his Kroumata for percussion sextet, Images for Percussion Duo and Yán Jiāng (Magma) for solo marimba - a commission from the Taiwan World Percussion Competition 2020.
Artwork (photo): Bengt Berglund
Photo (Daniel Berg): Jon Liinason
Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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