Canfield: Concerto after Mendelssohn for Trombone and Piano
Code: JP9504 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0530-2
Concerto after Mendelssohn for Trombone and Piano was written between December 10, 2016 and January 26, 2017. Not many people know that Mendelssohn was actually intending to write a concerto for Carl Traugott Queisser, the principal trombonist in his Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Unfortunately for trombonists and music lovers, the project was never realized, and consequently David DeBoor Canfield thought that it might be worthwhile to attempt to write a trombone concerto that might have borne some similarity to the one that Mendelssohn could have written.
The first movement is written in modified sonata allegro form. The second movement is in A-B-A song form, with an opening that features long lines in the solo instrument. The work concludes with a driving finale in modified rondo form. The movement is fast with a lot of notes, and the spirit of the movement is inspired by that found in the Mendelssohn's incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream.
As in other "After" works in Canfield's output, the composer didn't concern himself too much with the places in this work that sound more like Canfield writing in a 19th-century style than Mendelssohn, but he did make an effort to incorporate the melodic gestures and harmonic sequences normally associated with this great composer.
The concerto is dedicated to trombonist Carl Lenthe. Canfield also sought to personalize this work for its dedicatee, and did so through the inclusion of phrases from one of the latter's favorite Bach Chorales, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme in the second movement. In the finale, there are also a couple of phrases from the famous "Wedding March" from Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream woven in at Lenthe's request as a wink to his wife Martha. The solo part of this work was edited by its dedicatee, who premiered this version of the work with pianist Kimberly Carballo at Indiana University on October 1, 2017. Total duration: approximately 17 minutes.
Concerto after Mendelssohn for trombone and piano is also available separately for trombone and wind ensemble (JP6048) and for trombone and orchestra (JP6047).Click here for more information on David DeBoor Canfield