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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As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity.

With this attitude and his prodigious talent, John Mackey has become a superstar composer among band directors. The score does succeed in providing a bravura ensemble vehicle that requires every instrument and section to play to the very limits of their capacity.

Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey

The music is absolute — there is no program or storyline apart from the inherent drama of the soloist dancing around and often above! As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity. The concerto is set in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes.

A tireless advocate for contemporary wind ensemble scores, Gary Green conducted with hard-driving vigor, drawing incisive, unbridled playing from the ensemble.

Despite my original intention, the full, uninterrupted melody never makes an appearance in the piece. This brutal sacrifice by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — is followed without pause by the second concertto, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter.


Alessi, Mackey and Green received a prolonged, cheering ovation.

Harvest – Concerto for Trombone

Vibraphone, Marimba shared with Perc. In creating music specifically for Joseph AlessiI was drawn to his expressive, unbelievably beautiful tone on the instrument, as well as his ability to flatten everything in his path without sacrificing that beauty.

The dense figurations of two flutes with tinkling harp dot the second movement. Concerto for Trombone is dedicated to Joseph Alessi. Mackey provides his own program notes:.

The first section begins with a slow introduction, heavy on ritualistic percussion, representing the summoning macky Dionysus’s worshippers to the ceremony.

I quoted this same work of Webern in my Concerto for Wind Ensemble, the work Joe first heard in Miami which sparked his interest in my music, so it serves as a subtle connecting thread between these two events.

Whether spinning the long, winding melodic lines of the slow movement, the fast slides and groans of the ecstatic rituals or the pyrotechnical tour de force of the final section, Alessi showed himself an absolute master of the instrument.

All are challenging, and many are innovative.

Cabrillo Music Festival 4. Band Concerti Orchestra Genres: But this teombone, 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.

The gloomy heaviness of the following segment is considerably less appealing and the pealing brass chorales and full-throttle percussion of the conclusion sound like innumerable other contemporary fanfares.


Concerto for Trombone for solo trombone and orchestra without strings Click to buy: The concerto’s movements attempt to represent this dual nature and the cycle of suffering and return. Trumpet Concerto Drum Music: But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow.

Concerto for Trombone” is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Concertk god Dionysus. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The Frozen Cathedral by John Mackey.

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The first fortissimo roar of the full ensemble and antiphonal forces perks up the ears. Mackey provides his own program notes: Wind Ensemble Grade 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. The final movement harnesses his power to create a state of euphoria.

March 17, Author: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. You cocerto to love a piece that pays tribute to the god of wine and ecstasy and Mackey does not disappoint. Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness. The god is distant, the music like a prayer.