Dance, Aria, and Fantasia

Composed for bass trombonist Christopher Davis, Dance, Aria, and Fantasia follows the classic concerto form of fast, slow, fast. The first movement begins with heavy accents and a driving, irregular meter. The interplay of the heavier material with the lighter, driving material provides the basis for the development of the movement. The second movement uses the strings and percussion to create a wall of sound through which the bass trombone delivers long, flowing melodic lines. The third movement begins with a fantasy theme in the strings. After an answer and development by the bass trombone, the percussion enters and begins a second, rather different, fantasy. These two contrasting ideas build to the end of the movement, where heavy percussion and quick moving strings alternate.

 

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