Thomas - Prélude to Act I Scene 2 of Hamlet for Trombone and Piano
Ambroise Thomas composed twenty operas between 1837 and 1882. Of these, only two; Mignon and Hamlet are even remotely part of today's opera vocabulary. The opera Hamlet was inspired by Shakespeare, but is not a true depiction of his plot. The trombone solo in Act I, Scene 2 is the famous scene from the play in which Hamlet meets his fathers ghost on the ramparts of Elsinore Castle. The scene opens with a short introduction. The remainder of the Prélude gives prominence to the Trombonist, whose solo is both mournful and haunting. It reflects the gloomy setting and confrontation with the ghost.
This solo with Piano is about five minutes in length and suitable for advanced performers.
(Notes by Dr. John Silver)