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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His compositional style is fresh and original. Mackey based his work on the myth of the Greek god Dionysus with the trombone as the voice of the protagonist.

Mackey provides his own program notes:. You have to love a piece that pays tribute to the god of wine and ecstasy and Mackey does not disappoint. Wind Ensemble Grade Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness. In three connected sections, the eighteen-minute concerto is a cycloramic feast of shifting moods and instrumental hues.

Employing a surround0-sound perspective, the composer places players at the sides and rear of the hall. The Midwest Clinic 5. As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity.

But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow. A tireless advocate for contemporary wind ensemble scores, Gary Green conducted with hard-driving vigor, drawing incisive, unbridled playing from the ensemble. All are challenging, and many are innovative.

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey

The god is distant, the music like a prayer. 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 long winter the vines endure before blooming again in the spring.


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. Concerto for Trombone for solo trombone and orchestra without strings Click to buy: Glockenspiel, Sandblocks, Marimba, Vibraphone shared with Perc.

Cabrillo Music Festival 4. The earth is reborn as Dionysus rises again, bringing the ecstasy and liberation that have been celebrated in his name for centuries. Depicting winter, the second section features a haunting, sadly inflected melody for the solo trombone, underpinned by prominent roles for the harp and piano.

The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, following again without pause. Concerto for Trombone” is based makey the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus.

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Concerto for Trombone in With this attitude and his prodigious talent, John Trombpne has become a superstar composer among band directors. Your email address will not be published. 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.

The concerto is set in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes.

Trumpet Concerto Drum Music: The Macjey Cathedral by John Mackey. Band Concerti Orchestra Genres: The concerto’s movements attempt to represent this dual nature and the cycle of suffering and return. Concerto for Trombone” is dedicated to Joseph Alessi. The first fortissimo roar of the full ensemble and antiphonal forces perks up the ears. Despite my original intention, the full, uninterrupted melody never makes an appearance in the piece.


The first inkling of an idea to write a concerto for Joe Alessi came when we shared a program at the University of Miami in November, After initial, barely audible rumblings, the trombone emerges with wild, strident motifs against the raucous ensemble in a festive celebration only to conclude with a descending solo slide as one life cycle ends.

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey – Wind Band Literature

Unlike most of my other music, I initially created a long for me melody instead of a short motive as the basis of all three movements of the work, and drew motivic material from that as needed. Mackey provides his own program notes: Concerto for Trombone is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. The dense figurations of two flutes with tinkling harp dot the second movement. In Bryant added four more movements as a commission from a consortium of music schools, including UM Frost.

A moody horn solo over mallet percussion provides a striking interlude. The earth is reborn as Dionysus rises again, bringing the ecstasy and liberation that have been celebrated in his name for centuries. Notify me of new posts by email.