Brass Trio (1988)
"Brass Trio (1988)" was composed by Mark Wolfram and premiered at the 1989
International Horn Society convention in Munich, Germany where
it received the Grand Prize in their annual composition contest.
Scored for Bb Trumpet, French Horn and Tenor Trombone, the composition
utilizies fourth and fifth structure tonalities and features
three contrasting movements.
The first movement, "Fanfare," opens with strong ensemble
figures based on a fourth-structure chord. Following the introduction
a Trumpet presents the first theme - a fluid line with unexpected
contours. The rhythmic under-pinnings from the French Horn and
Trombone use 5/8 and 7/8 time signatures to add a fresh lilt. The restatement of the first theme has a
close, "jazz"-type harmonization. The Trombone and
French Horn trade motifs in the next section, which then develops
into a restatement of the opening ensemble figures, this time
with more ornamentation, followed by a strong, jaunty conclusion.
The second movement, "Elegy,"
starts with a sensitive Trombone solo with Trumpet and Horn underpinnings.
This melody is then repeated by the Trumpet. As the motifs from
this simple melody evolve, the ensemble builds to a dramatic
climax - and then quickly subsides to several thematic restatements
of the opening motif. Finally, the movement ends on a soft,
simple open-fourth-structure chord.
The third movement, "Dance,"
is a bright, full-voiced, multi-metered romp. The contrasting
middle section has the brass in straight mutes playing long melodic
lines with pointed replies. The movement then reprises its opening,
followed by a short, rousing coda.
The duration is approximately 6 minutes.
"Brass Trio (1988)" has been performed worldwide and
has been featured repeatedly on BBC Radio. It's a real audience
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Included."Brass Trio (1988)" is a GRADE 4 composition and is available only through this website from Sound Studio
A recording of "Brass Trio (1988)", performed by Finland's
Trio Puhallus, is available on "Piercing The Celluloid Veil
- An Orchestral Odyssey" from Wrightwood Records
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