New Arrangement Available – Kyrie (de Févin/Divitis)

I’ve just uploaded a new arrangement, a trombone quartet transcription of the Kyrie from ‘Missa Pro fidelibus defunctis‘ (by either Antoine de Févin or Antoine Divitis – nobody is sure!).

This is a lovely piece of Renaissance music suitable for players of all abilities, although the top part will require some stamina in the mid-high range. It is also suitable for euphonium quartet or other combinations of low brass, just get in touch if you require different parts/clefs.

Get it here:
Also available is the Introitus from the same mass:

I also highly recommend this incredible recording of the whole requiem from Marcel Pérès’ Ensemble Organum.

Transcription: J. J. Johnson’s solo on ‘My Funny Valentine’

As a lowly classical trombone student, I’m always looking to expand my musical horizons, and recently this has been taking the form of dipping my toes into jazz.

Regardless of what you study, transcription is great practise for the ears and I’m trying to make a habit of doing it more often!

Here’s a transcription of J. J. Johnson’s solo on ‘My Funny Valentine‘, taken from the album ‘At the Opera House‘ with Stan Getz. This is the mono version recorded at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.

NOTE: Due to a transposition error, the changes are in the wrong  key in the video. They should be in F minor – apologies!

Trombone Break from Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (Entr’acte)

This month I went on tour with a big band and had a blast playing Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. This was a perfect excuse to do a little transcription of the solo trombone break in movement 5, the Entr’acte! In the recording, it is played with what sounds like either a closed plunger or a cup mute.