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Songs of the Sun

(CanASSAues do Sol) Concerto No. 3 for Trombone and Orchestra

By Eric Ewazen

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Trombone with Piano Trombone, Piano
(CanASSAues do Sol) Concerto No. 3 for Trombone and Orchestra. Composed by Eric Ewazen. This edition: Piano Reduction version. Sws both. Contemporary. Solo part with piano reduction. With Standard notation. Composed 2011. 44 pages. Duration 18 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #114-41539. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114415390).

Item Number: PR.114415390

ISBN 9781598064186. 9 x 12 inches.

Composed in the traditional three-movement format, Eric Ewazenas third trombone concerto was composed in memory of one of Brazilas greatest trombonists, a former theory student of the composer. The title SONGS OF THE SUN evokes the inspiration of Brazilas natural splendor and sizzling musical traditions, with movement titles like aShowers and Rainbows,a and a Latin-dance feel underlying the exciting lyricism that has made Ewazen a favorite with trombonists. For advanced performers. Duration: 18' _______________________________________ Text on the back cover: Songs of the Sun (CanASSAues do Sol) Concerto No. 3 for Trombone and Orchestra Solo Trombone and Piano Reduction (114-41539) Composed in the traditional three-movement format, Eric Ewazenas third trombone concerto was composed in memory of one of Brazilas greatest trombonists, a former theory student of the composer. The title SONGS OF THE SUN evokes the inspiration of Brazilas natural splendor and sizzling musical traditions, with movement titles like aShowers and Rainbows,a and a Latin-dance feel underlying the exciting lyricism that has made Ewazen a favorite with trombonists.
SONGS OF THE SUN was written as an In Memoriam to one of the finest musicians and finest people I have had the wonderful pleasure of knowing, Radegundis Feitosa. Radegundis was one of the premiere trombonists in Brazil, a treasured student of Per Brevig, and best friends with James Lebens who commissioned this piece in his memory. I also had a wonderful connection with Radegundis. He was my theory student (an aAa student!!) at Juilliard, and in 2010, he hosted a trombone convention, and a concert of my music at the Conservatory of Joao Pessoa in Northeastern Brazil. Jim Lebens was also an invited guest, and they both played my Pastorale for two trombones and piano, with me accompanying. Having met Radegundisa beautiful wife Heleno, and his terrific sons, both excellent musicians, Simone and Gundinho, I was heartbroken for the family to find out that two weeks after the festival, Radegundis was killed in a car accident. The International Trombone Convention was going on right about that time in Austin, Texas. At one of the big concerts, they made the sad announcement about his passing, and in Tribute to Radegundis, they suggested that the audience... Laugh!!! Radegundis had a rollicking, fun personality with this great big cackling laugh a that ALL the trombonists knew! So amid tears and genuine shock, the audience laughed!! So with Songs of th e Sun, I wanted to portray the sunny nature of Radegundis a not to be maudlin or melancholy, but to celebrate his life, and his beloved country of Brazil, one of the most colorful, spectacular and dramatic countries I have visited. I was inspired by haunting, energetic, traditional samba rhythms in the 1st movement, with some Jobim-influenced harmonies as the music portrays the glorious rainbows and sudden burst of afternoon showers in a beautiful day in Brazil. In the 2nd movement, portraying deep green valleys nestled amid towering, almost sculpted mountains, seen in the breathtaking landscapes in and around Rio de Janeiro, the music is soft and delicate, and in the final movement the brilliant colors of the landscapes, the architecture, the clothes, the tropical vegetation are portrayed with a nod to the African heritage of Northeastern Brazil, where Radegundis lived and taught, with bold, stirring rhythms, and a sense of life-affirming energy. I am also very grateful to the extraordinary trombonist, James Lebens for commissioning the work. His spectacular and heartfelt interpretations of solo trombone music was a big inspiration to me as I wrote the piece, which was premiered in its orchestral version in June 2011 by the Orchestra of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, with Radegundisa and Jamesa teacher, Per Brevig, a great friend of mine, conducting, and the piano version was premiered at Juilliard in October 2011.

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