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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Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey
This brutal sacrifice by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — is followed without pause by the second section, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter. As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity. Employing a surround0-sound perspective, the composer places players at the sides and rear of the hall.
The god is distant, the music like a prayer. You can also read about the piece at the Wind Repertory Project. Mackey provides his own program notes:. The final movement harnesses his power to create a state of euphoria. Their fervor overcomes them, and they tear their god to shreds in an act of ritual madness.
Harvest: Concerto for Trombone by John Mackey – Wind Band Literature
The first fortissimo roar of the full ensemble and antiphonal forces perks up the ears. The earth is reborn as Dionysus rises again, bringing the ecstasy and liberation that have been celebrated in his name for centuries.
Concerto for Wind Ensemble by Steven Bryant. All are challenging, and many are innovative.
Whether spinning the long, winding melodic lines of the slow movement, the fast slides and groans of the ecstatic rituals or the mxckey tour de force of the final section, Alessi showed himself an absolute master of the instrument. You have to love a piece that pays tribute to the god of wine and ecstasy and Mackey does not disappoint.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your conderto address will not be published. But when Dionysus transitions to a gentler tone, his frenzied worshippers do not follow. 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.
Notify me of new posts by email. Joseph Alessi Premiered February 19th, 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.
Alessi, Mackey and Green received a prolonged, cheering ovation. A moody horn solo over mallet percussion provides a striking interlude. The concerto’s movements attempt to represent this dual nature and the cycle of suffering and return.
Conecrto first section begins with a slow introduction, heavy on ritualistic percussion, representing the summoning of Dionysus’s worshippers to the ceremony. The concerto is set in three connected sections, totaling approximately 18 minutes.
Notify me of follow-up comments by email. With this attitude and his prodigious talent, John Mackey has become a superstar composer among band directors. Concerto for Trombone” is dedicated to Joseph Alessi. Mackey based his work on the myth of the Greek god Dionysus with the trombone as the voice of the protagonist. mxckey
In Bryant added four more movements as a commission cnocerto a consortium of music schools, including UM Frost. Joe very generously came out to sit in the audience after his performance to hear my work, and the following year tdombone 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.
The shoots of spring burst forth in the final section, following again without pause. Vibraphone, Marimba shared with Perc. March 17, Author: Concerto for Trombone” is based on the myths and mystery rituals of the Greek god Dionysus. 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 macky the spring.
The Frozen Cathedral by John Mackey. This brutal sacrifice by the ecstatic worshippers — the pruning of the vine — is followed without pause by the second section, representing Dionysus in the stillness of death, or winter.
The first inkling of an idea to write a concerto for Joe Alessi came when we jobn a program at the University of Miami in November, As the Olympian god of the vine, Dionysus is famous for inspiring ecstasy and creativity.
A tireless advocate for contemporary wind ensemble scores, Gary Green conducted with hard-driving vigor, drawing incisive, unbridled playing from the ensemble. But this agricultural, earth-walking god was jonn 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 Midwest Clinic 5. The god is distant, the music like a prayer.
Cabrillo Music Festival 4. Glockenspiel, Sandblocks, Marimba, Vibraphone shared with Perc.