Farewell, Maisie. It was an honour and a privilege to know you and be your pupil.
With the onset of winter and an all-Russian programme in the orchestra, what better way to kickstart 2015 than by taking a look at Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13? We will be performing this work in a few days’ time and have been tirelessly dedicating ourselves to approaching it in the right style.
In an effort to clear up some of the confusion about classical works scored for the contrabass trombone, I wrote a post in February 2008 on The Trombone Forum. Although this was aimed at compiling a list of works explicitly scored by the composer for the contrabass trombone,
Way back in March 2003, I responded to a post on The Trombone Forum about the German trombone tradition and spent a considerable amount of time piecing together a timeline of events relating to the manufacture of trombones in German-speaking lands. I reproduce here what is otherwise only retrieved using a search and hope it may prove interesting.
Bruckner’s symphonies almost always seem to pose a conundrum because of the multiple versions that exist of every single symphony. Whatever the reasons for Bruckner’s insecurity, he was prone to rewriting his symphonies after receiving criticism, particularly following the first playthroughs by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a result we have the added complexity of multiple versions of each symphony existing.