Instrumentation: Trombone or Euphonium Trio
This original suite of dances is a challenging piece, and well worth the effort. All three movements are written in the style of the 18th century dance forms for which they are named. The first movement 'Gavotte' is full of moving independent rhythms. Even though the style of the 'Sarabande' is traditional, the harmony projects the richness and sonority of the trombone sound. The third movement 'Gigue a la Canon' is quite challenging regarding technical facility, and all three players are equal because it is an exact canon. The upper range demands in movements 1 and 3 are up to high B-flat, and movement 2 calls for a good full bodied high C. Keys are B-flat major for movements 1 and 3, and the Sarabande is in G minor. Total duration is a little over 5 minutes. The trio was written for the Mansfield Symphony trombone section to perform in a recital. Competent players will get a musical and technical challenge and will enjoy this trio immensely. Treble clef parts are included for Euphonium.